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Author:  Carl Hiaasen
Lexile Level: 810
Grade Level Equivalent: 5.3
My recommended reading age: 11 and up

A school field trip to the Black Vine Swamp quickly turns from boring fungi watching to an exciting adventure when a wildfire breaks out and the school's least favorite biology teacher goes missing.  Nick and Marta set out to discover where she has disappeared too, and why the class delinquent suddenly has become a star student.

Having read other works by Carl Hiaasen I am familiar with his pattern of writing.  He is obviously very eco-friendly and uses his stories to spread the message about environmental protections, generally making some law breaking company the bad guy.  Once again, Hiaasen holds true to this style and does a great job with it.  His stories are a fun way to teach kids to take care of the environment while entertaining them at the same time.  There is nothing offensive in this book and it was a fun read.

Enjoy!
Becky

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