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Escape From Fear (Mysteries in Our National Park)

by Gloria Skurzynski

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This book, ninth in the "Mysteries in Our National Parks" series, is set in the Virgin Islands National Park. The authors deftly weave information about endangered coral reefs and hawksbill turtles into the story, as well as Caribbean culture and history: Jumbies (evil spirits), basket-making, sugar plantations, the 1733 slave revolt, Haitian Macoutes, and the smuggling of illegal aliens from Haiti to the Virgin Islands. A map of the park and an afterword by a marine ecologist are included. The story's politically-correct ending is somewhat unbelievable, but the story will appeal to middle grade students reading at approximately fifth-grade level. ( )
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The Landons are in Virgin Islands National Park to help figure out what is destroying the coral reefs and causing the hawksbill sea turtle to disappear. Jack and Ashley become involved with Forrest Winthrop IV, the adopted son of a U.S. diplomat. Why is he so anxious to save an island woman named Cimmaron, and what secret do they share? The action builds to a dramatic climax at Jumbie Bay, where a full moon finally reveals all.

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While at St. John National Park in the Virgin Islands for a seminar on coral reefs, the Landons help a wealthy thirteen-year-old to find his birth mother, who he believes is in danger.

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