Ghost Horses (Mysteries in Our National Park)

 
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In this National Parks Mystery, twelve-year-old Jack Landon and his younger sister Ashley travel with their wildlife biologist mom and photographer dad to Utah’s Zion National Park. Dr. Olivia Landon becomes involved in an investigation into the strange behavior of a group of wild white mustangs that belong to the Chloride Herd. Trouble seems to follow the two yong Shoshone kids temporarily placed in the foster care of the Landons. A string of life-threatening disasters keeps young readers turning pages as the fast-paced story builds to a heart-stopping conclusion.

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Gr. 4-6. The sixth book in the National Parks Mystery series is set in Utah's Zion National Park. Jack and Ashley Landon are accompanying their parents to Zion, where their mother, a wildlife veterinarian, is to give a talk. On their way, they pick up two Shoshone children in need of foster care. Jack dislikes uncommunicative Ethan, but Ashley happily befriends Ethan's sister. After arriving at the camp, the travelers are invited to a roundup at a nearby ranch, where the horses act strangely (several seem to have deliberately killed themselves). Meanwhile, Jack and Ethan barely tolerate each other, until a flash flood forces them to work together. Eventually, everything ends happily; even the mystery of the mustangs is solved. The danger in the story seems forced, as does much of the interaction between Jack and Ethan. But this still works as light adventure, with the advantage of some interesting information about mustangs and the park. There's a color photo insert at the center of the book. Denise Wilms
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Grade 4-7-This story finds 12-year-old Jack and his younger sister Ashley exploring Zion National Park with their parents and two Shoshone foster kids. Ethan, who is Jack's age, is not happy to be with a white family and complains bitterly. His quiet sister, Summer, knows something about the mysterious white mustangs that are running wild in the park. Rocks fall, horses charge. Is Ethan trying to hurt or possibly kill Jack's family? The novel really picks up speed when Jack, his dad, and Ethan go on a treacherous hike through the Narrows. There is a lot going on in this mystery, yet it stays on target with only a minimal amount of preaching about the environment, race relations, and other social issues. Splendid photos accompany the sometimes pedestrian text, but unfortunately are bound together in the middle of the book and there are not enough of them. In spite of these drawbacks, Ghost Horses is an exciting and (don't tell anybody) educational read.
Ann Cook, formerly at Winter Park Public Library, FL
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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