An exciting ecological mystery for tweens featuring a missing 'gator in the Florida Everglades, by Jean Craighead George, the beloved Newbery Medal-winning author of Julie of the Wolves and My Side of the Mountain. This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling. It’s a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom.
Liza Poole lives with her mother in one of the last balanced ecosystems in North America, the Gumbo Limbo Hammock, deep within the lush kingdom of the Florida Everglades. Some may think it strange to live outdoors, but Liza feels lucky to live in her small yellow tent amid tropical birds and exotic plants.
And at the center of this natural paradise lies Dajun, the majestic alligator who protects Gumbo Limbo's environment.
Then, one day, a state official arrives with frightening orders. Dajun is scaring people nearby—he must be killed! Liza takes action to save the invaluable 'gator, but suddenly, he is nowhere to be found. Now she must find Dajun before it's too late, and her search will lead her into the heart of an exciting eco mystery.
About the Author
Jean Craighead George wrote over one hundred books for children and young adults. Her novel Julie of the Wolves won the Newbery Medal in 1973, and she received a 1960 Newbery Honor for My Side of the Mountain. She continued to write acclaimed picture books that celebrate the natural world. Her other books with Wendell Minor include The Wolves Are Back; Luck; Everglades; Arctic Son; Morning, Noon, and Night; and Galapagos George.