Sunday, December 30, 2012

Stake Out--Giveaway!

Bonnie Doerr has done it again.

Continuing the adventures of Kenzie of Island Sting fame, Doerr presents Stake Out (Leap Press, 2011) her second eco-mystery to take place in the Florida Keys. In the first book Kenzie helped to rescue the miniature Key deer. In this sequel, another great middle school novel for boys and girls, Kenzie and her side-kick Angelo devote themselves to figuring out who wants to sabotage the local sea turtle population. 

I enjoyed the language that Doerr used to capture the action, characters, and setting. In this segment, Kenzie is rowing a boat out on the sea to hunt for the turtles' nests. A storm is brewing and the reader is pulled into the story:

   Kenzie pulled hard agains the water. 
   Row, glide.
     Drift back.
   Row, glide.
   Drift back.
   The strong current surprised her. The shore appeared no nearer.
   How close was the storm? Hard to tell now that the rumbling had stopped. She leaned out from under the canvas top for a larger view. Minutes ago the blinding-blue sky perched on a horizon of white, puffy clouds. Clouds that now billowed with gray. Above the island, charcoal clouds swelled and piled. No soaring seabirds. No blue. Vast silence.   
    Creepy. (p. 13)

Doerr introduces a new character in this book: spunky Ana, who despite being confined to her wheelchair, is an important member of the team who uncovers the villain and helps solves the mystery.

Doerr's commitment to teaching young readers to value and protect their environment suffuses this book with great educational value. Author Notes include information on threats to sea turtles, the Turtle Hospital, and relevant websites. Teachers can click here to find helpful classroom resources.

To celebrate a new year of books and reading, I am giving away a signed copy of Stake Out. Leave me a comment with your email address (if I don't have it) before the evening of January 1 and I'll enter your name. Hurry--the new year will be here before you know it!  


Joyce Moyer Hostetter said...

Sign me up, Carol and Bonnie. I want this.

Carol Baldwin said...

You're in, Joyce!

Sandra Warren said...

Sounds like a perfect one for the grandchildren, if you're old enough to have them. Not saying....


Rosi said...

What a nice way to start the new year. It sounds like a terrific book. rosihollinbeck (at) yahoo (dot) com. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy New Year.

Linda A. said...

I'm interested in reading this one too. The Island Sting was well done. Please enter me in the drawing too.

Linda Andersen

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks Linda, Rosi, and Sandra. You're all in!

Andrea said...

It sounds awesome! Happy New Year!

Linda A. said...

Carol and Bonnie,
I received the book Stake Out in the mail today. Thank you to both of you! I look forward to reading it. I really enjoyed Island Sting. Now, I get to read another exciting one by Bonnie. Thanks again.

Appreciate you both! Best wishes with all your projects.

Carol Baldwin said...

Great, Linda! Enjoy!

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