Something very strange is going on in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A teenage girl is the latest victim in a growing number of bear attacks. Officials must figure out what's causing the bizarre bear behavior or close the park. Can the Landons help?
Soon Jack and Ashley are searching for answers with their new friends Yonah Firekiller, a 16-year-old Cherokee boy, and 14-year-old Merle Chapman, whose family once lived on park land. But a heated argument over ancestral land rights puts the Landon kids in the middle of a clash of cultures. Tensions mount when Merle is caught in a liea lie that leads straight to the heart-pounding solution.
Created by mother-daughter writing team Gloria Skurzynski and Alane Ferguson, the Mysteries in Our National Parks series treats intermediate readers to the adventures of brother-and-sister sleuths Jack and Ashley Landon. Traveling with their mother, Olivia, a wildlife biologist, and their father, Steven, a nature photographer, the kids visit magnificent National Parks where they always seem to stumble upon a puzzle that only they can solve. The Landon's adventures will keep kids on the edge of their seats while they learn about our country's natural heritage and the role we all have in understanding and protecting it for the future.
Alane Ferguson is an award-winning writer. Her first mystery, Show Me the Evidence, won the Edgar Award, given by the Mystery Writers of America.
Award-winning author Gloria Skurzynski has written more than 30 children's books. Her non-fiction book, Almost the Real Thing, won the American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award. She has written several nonfiction books for National Geographic, including Are We Alone, an NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book for Young People and an IRA/CBC Young Adults' Choice for 2006.