Nature's Habitat Book Clubs
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Deadly Waters: A Mystery in Everglades National Park
Gloria Skurzynski & Alane Ferguson
Lexile 770, 9 Reading Counts points
It was supposed to be a fun day of fishing and picture taking for the Landon kids and Bridger Conley. All that changes when a stranger in a speedboat takes off with Jack’s camera, and the blood of an injured manatee attracts a seven foot shark. Why did the man steal Jack’s camera, and what does he have to do with the manatees? Join the chase and find out!
Lexile 760, 15 Reading Count points
Roy Eberhardt is used to the new kid drill. His family has lived all over, and Florida bullies are pretty much like bullies everywhere. But Roy finds himself oddly indebted to the hulking Dana Matherson. If Dana hadn’t been mashing his face against the school bus window, Roy might never have spotted the running boy. And the running boy is the first interesting thing Roy’s seen in Florida.
Sensing a mystery, Roy sets himself on the boy’s trail. The chase will introduce him to some other intriguing Floridian creatures: potty-trained alligators, a sinister pancake PR man, some burrowing owls, a fake-fart champion, a renegade eco-avenger, and several poisonous snakes with unnaturally sparkling tails.
Life in Florida is looking up!
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story
Linda Sue Park
Lexile 720, 8 Reading Counts points
Two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985.
The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day.
The boy, Salva, becomes one of the "lost boys" of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.
The Missing Manatee
Lexile 830, 10 Reading Counts points
All Skeet Waters wants is to catch a big, beautiful tarpon on his fly rod and to keep everything else in his life in Florida the way it’s always been. But on his spring break from school, Skeet overhears his mother telling his father to move out. Then, while riding in his boat to escape his parents’ troubles, he discovers a manatee that’s been shot. As Skeet starts to unravel the mysteries surrounding the manatee’s apparent murder and his parents’ dissolving marriage, he discovers that in life as in fishing he must learn to read the surface for what lies beneath.