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Mysteries in our National Parks: Valley of Death

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What's causing the deaths of desert bighorn sheep in Death Valley National Park? Wildlife veterinarian Olivia Landon has been called in to investigate, but soon her daughter, Ashley, is kidnapped by militants who mistake her for a mysterious girl temporarily in the Landons' care. When Ashley's brother Jack discovers why Leesa is on the run, he is determined to protect her. But can he do that and save his sister too? Tension builds to a spine-chilling climax when a showdown in the desert leads the family to a missile testing site and the key to what is killing the sheep.

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.


  • Ages 8 to 12
  • Softcover
  • 160 pages
  • 5 1/4" x 8 1/2"
  • © 2008

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.


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