for Lostman's River
by Cynthia DeFelice
Tyler's family moved to Florida to escape their past, but the past catches up with them in an unpredictable way when someone who appears to be a naturalist engages 13-year-old Tyler to draw certain plume birds for him and then is murdered. Tyler becomes involved in protecting what would now be called part of the Everglades ecosystem. The setting is Lostman's River in the Ten Thousand Islands region of Florida, the year is 1906, and the action is plentiful in this fast-paced first-person novel with a surprisingly contemporary theme. The author used the resources of the Seminole Museum in writing her book. (Ages 10-13)
CCBC Choices 1994. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1994. Used with permission.
Danger Stalks the Swampland
Lostman's River is home to Tyler MacCauley and his family, just as it is to thousands of birds and other wildlife that share Nature's piece of the Earth.
But greed and profit have brought great danger into the swampland. And when Tyler and his family dare to trust a stranger, they find out, to their horror, that they have jeopardized not only the land and all who live there, but their own future as well.
Publisher description retrieved from Google Books.