About The Book
The Everglades were magical—a maze of canals snaking into the surrounding swampland, a wild with monster alligators everywhere. How, then, was Megan supposed to just sit back and not explore the place? The airboat ride out into the thick gray water-world was so beautiful, so calm—how quickly things had changed. She had begged Adam to take her and her siblings out on the boat. But where were Sydney and Luke now? Lost, like she was, of course, but hurt? Dead? It was her impulsiveness that had gotten them stranded out here and drew the poachers’ anger. She wrapped her arms more tightly about the baby orangutan in her lap. How could she live with herself if something happened to them? Would she even have the chance? The now-familiar sound of someone or something sloshing through the muck reached her ears. Who or what was coming? The orangutan bared his teeth at the unknown, and she closed her eyes. She didn’t want to know the answer. She was too injured to climb out of this hole, and calling for help could attract them. One way or another, she knew she wouldn’t be getting out of here alone. It was only a question of who would find her first.
About The Author
I hope you enjoy reading Gatorlands as much as I enjoyed writing it! I love the Florida Everglades–the mangroves with the spooky, hanging moss, the twisting canals, the scary, stalking, red-eyed alligators, like predators from a Jurassic World.
- Publisher : Indigo River Publishing (December 21, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 180 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1948080664
- ISBN-13 : 978-1948080668
- Reading age : 12 – 17 years
- Grade level : 7 – 9
- Item Weight : 7.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.41 x 8.5 inches
Can I just say that I. Hate. Snakes. So there was definitely a lot of adrenaline moving through me when they saved the snakes in the shed (I know it’s bad, but I wouldn’t have let them out) or when the snake bit Adam.
As a Florida native, I did really like the tie-in about environmental conservation and how real you made the dangers that those poachers represented. I do wish one of those snakes bit one of them, though!
Overall, I enjoyed the book, and I’d recommend it to some of my friends’ kids
— Sarah Schaffer, Readers Circle
I thought it was very well-paced, and there was never a moment that really dragged on. I was actually excited to get from one POV to another, and I didn’t dislike anyone.
I think the ages and mindsets of the characters were described well, and I could believe that they made the decisions that they did. Sydney did make a big 180, but I believe it was gradual enough to not be unbelievable.
My favorite scene would have to be the house in the swamp where Luke and Adam are rescued. The woman and girl in the house just seemed so eerie and suspenseful. Definitely some great atmosphere going on there!
— Brittaney Ferrara, Readers Circle
I really liked the book. Best Scenes: The monkey pit/hole, the cabin where Luke was being held and the escape.
Jeremiah W. (age 13), Readers Circle
I think Furball was cute. Sydney is my favorite because she is girly but she can still do things like try to get the poison out. I was happy when she and Adam got together.
The parts about the skulls and where Megan had her ankle injured again in the hole were kind of scary. They were still really interesting parts.
Guilliana W. (age 10), Readers Circle