Thursday, December 29, 2016

Young, Judy. Wild World of Buck Bray.

Young, Judy.  Wild World of Buck Bray.  Sleeping Bear Press  2016  227p  $17.99  ISBN 978-1-58536-970-6        elem/ms  Mystery/Detective            VG-BN

Buck is working with his father for the first time to film a wilderness-oriented TV show for children.  With the cameraman’s daughter, Toni, they spot a mother bear and her two cubs.  They see this group several times, until one day the cubs are not with the mother bear.  Buck and Toni have innocently led the poachers to the cubs.  They eventually realize that adults they trusted are not what they seemed to be.  As they work to solve the mystery, they find their own lives in danger.

This novel has great adventure, mystery, and beautiful descriptions of the animals and Denali National Park in Alaska.  This would be a great read for grades 5-6, older for reluctant readers.                       

Summary: Buck is filming a TV show in Denali National Park.  When two bear cubs disappear, he and friend Toni solve the crime, putting their lives in danger.  This novel includes great adventure, nature, and descriptions of the park.  Grade 4 up.

National Parks-Fiction, Bears-Fiction                                                                                    --Joan Theal

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