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The Missing 'Gator of Gumbo Limbo: An Eco Mystery Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): George, Jean Craighead

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ISBN: 006440434X     ISBN-13: 9780064404341
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: July 1993

Annotation: Liza and her mother live in the last balanced ecosystem in North America. While the Gumbo Limbo Hammock in the Florida Everglades is protected by a majestic alligator named Dajun, one day a state official comes in with orders to kill Dajun. Liza must find Dajun and save him, and her search will lead her into an exciting eco-mystery.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Alligators; Fiction.
Wildlife conservation; Fiction.
Ecology; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Alligators & Crocodiles
- Juvenile Fiction | Nature & The Natural World
- Juvenile Fiction | Mysteries & Detective Stories
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: BL 99737749
Lexile Measure: 740
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 5.25" W x 0.50" (0.25 lbs) 148 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 8539
Reading Level: 4.6   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 4.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q07722
Reading Level: 5.7   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 6.0
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Publisher Description:

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 it strange to live outdoors, but Liza feels lucky to live in her small yellow tent amidst 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

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1992 June)
Gr 5-7-- The brilliant beginning of this novel will put readers in eager anticipation. In a secluded part of the Florida Everglades live a homeless, abused mother who has escaped her husband's violence; her daughter, Liza; and a 12-foot alligator. A few other down-on-their-luck individuals also share this lovely, undisturbed ecological habitat--until the big, harmless gator named Dajun begins giving shivers to new condominium dwellers nearby. Thus, a government agent is sent to dispatch Dajun pronto; Liza and her wooded band hope to find him first to provide a hidden sanctuary. In the end, new beginnings emerge for all. Despite the knockout first chapters, the book's pace slows a bit in the middle. The find-the-alligator premise provides no actual sightings or near-misses until the end. The quiet clues that Liza uses to locate Dajun, however, will win over nature-loving readers as well as those whose fascination with the animal world is just beginning. As in Who Really Killed Cock Robin? (HarperCollins, 1991), George brings great authenticity and knowledge to her mystery settings. Although the story is not as strong as in The Talking Earth (HarperCollins, 1983), many readers will want to enter this Everglades adventure. --Amy Nunley, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, OH Copyright 1992 Cahners Business Information.
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