Saturday, February 4, 2017

National Parks Mysteries #12 Buried Alive and #13 Night of the Black Bear

In National Parks Mysteries #12, Buried Alive, the Landons have been called to Alaska's Denali National Park so that Olivia can investigate the deaths of several wolverines.  The Landons' new foster child, Nicky, has a mysterious past which is apparently dangerous.  Jack and Ashley soon learn exactly how dangerous Nicky's past is.

National Geographic is mentioned on page 40.

This is a very suspenseful book.  I greatly enjoyed it.

In National Parks Mysteries #13, Night of the Black Bear, the Landons visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Olivia has been asked to investigate several bear attacks.  Normally bears do not attack park visitors, so Olivia must find out what has gone wrong.

Meanwhile, Jack and Ashley make friends with Yonah and Merle, who used to be friends but are now enemies.  Merle behaves mysteriously, so Yonah, Jack, and Ashley follow him to find out what is going on.

This is the only book in the series in which the Landons do not have a foster child.  Instead, Jack and Ashley's  new acquaintances, Yonah and Merle, provide the conflict that usually occurs with the foster children.

This is a very good book.

This series is very consistent from beginning to end.  All books were written by the same writing team, and all feature the same premise.  I found that the national park settings enhanced the stories.  The bits of history included in each book were always interesting and never dragged down the plot.  All around, this is a very enjoyable series.

1 comment:

Homeschoolmom said...

I need to check these out. We did a lot of National Park studies in our homeschool work. AND, Lion Brand makes a beautiful yarn called "Heartland." Each color is named for a National Park.
BTW thanks for the add on your FB page (I am Jan Justus). Hope your week is going well.