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Old Jun 12 2006, 09:13 PM   #1
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Okay, here's the info about the children's mystery series. I can email you a copy of the order form if you want.


Series: Mysteries in our National Parks

Co-authors: Alane Ferguson (award-winning mystery writer: Show Me the Evidence)
.................Gloria Skurzynski (award-winning science writer: Almost the Real Thing)

Publisher: National Geographic Society

Recommended ages: 8-12

Cost: $5.95 each

Titles: Wolf Stalker (Yellowstone)
Cliff-Hanger (Mesa Verde)
Deadly Waters (Everglades)
Rage of Fire (Hawaii Volcanoes)
The Hunted (Glacier)
Ghost Horses (Zion)
Over the Edge (Grand Canyon)
Valley of Death (Death Valley)
Escape From Fear (Virgin Islands)
Out of the Deep (Acadia)


Each book takes place in a different national park. Before the story is a page with a map of the featured park, and information about its climate, natural features, and history.

The books center on the Landon family. Mrs. Landon is a wildlife biologist who is called to various national parks to investigate problems with the wildlife, such as a mountain lion attack or a group of manatees getting sick. Her family comes with her, including the two kids. There is always an extra kid as well, because the Landons are emergency foster parents.

There are two mysteries in each book: the problem that brings them to the park, and the problems that the foster kid or kids bring. The children are involved in solving both.

These books are great mysteries, but they also teach a lot without being obvious. Often this is because the foster kids are not used to national parks and have to be told why they can’t go off the trail and pick things, or don’t get what’s so special about the park.

After the story is a note from a real employee at the featured park, discussing wildlife and other real issues brought up in the story.

There is usually a Native American legend stuck in there somewhere as well.

These are some of the best kid’s mysteries I’ve ever read (and I’ve read a lot!)
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Brenda, great books! I'll have to keep those in mind in a few years, grandson is 2 at the moment. Thanks for the super information!
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Brenda these look AWESOME! Just what my daughter (and I!) would enjoy!
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Do you want me to email you the order form?
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I have to do it from my regular email, not from this site, so please PM me your email. (That goes for anyone else who wants a copy as well!)
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Alert! Alert! I found out that those children’s National Park mysteries that I was so excited over are going out of print! I am really upset about this because they’re such wonderful books, entertaining and teaching at the same time, so I sent an email protesting this to the publisher. If you want to do the same, here’s the info:

The books are the “Mysteries in our National Parks” series, by Gloria Skurzynski and Alane Ferguson (both are award-winning writers.)
The publisher is the National Geographic Society, and you can contact them here.



This is what I sent:


Dear Sir or Madam,

This summer I am working as an intern at Florissant Fossil Beds, a small national park in central Colorado. One of my favorite items that we carry in the bookstore here is the children’s book series “Mysteries in our National Parks”, by award-winning writers Gloria Skurzynski and Alane Ferguson. I am 22 years old but have read through these books with delight; they are excellent children’s mysteries, but more importantly, they teach a great deal about many different national parks, and current issues in the parks, without making it obvious and boring. I feel these are a great and entertaining educational resource, and have been enthusiastically urging visitors, family members and friends to buy them.

Recently I learned that these books will soon be going out of print; that the publisher was going to stop producing them. I would like to register my protest, as someone who plans to have a career in the national parks, that these wonderful books will no longer be available to teach and entertain children. On your website it says that your mission is “To increase and diffuse geographic knowledge while promoting the conservation of the world’s cultural, historical and natural resources.” These books are an ideal way to do just that, and I think it is a great shame that you will no longer be producing them. I doubt that one voice will make any difference in this decision, but on the off chance that one might I am speaking out. Thank you for listening.
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