Bonnie J. Doerr, an avid traveler, gardener, and nature lover, is the acclaimed author of eco-mystery novels for tweens. For over thirty years, she taught reading and writing skills to students of all ages—from kindergarten to college. Ms Doerr enjoys sharing her ecological research, writing experiences, and educational insights with adults and children. Her work has been described as a “mashup of Jean Craighead George and Carl Hiaasen” by some and as a “teen detective series inspired by Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and Lassie” by others.
Island Sting is a fast-paced, environmental thriller that teens will tear into. Once you start reading, you’ll find yourself flipping pages as fast as you can, eager to find out what happens next. Great action, great characters, and a message that will resonate with readers of all ages.
Stake Out is a riveting read for younger readers and nature lovers.
Stake Out is one of the best mysteries I have ever read. It has just the right amount of family matters to balance out the plot, and the author paints such a vivid picture in my mind that I can almost smell the sea salt. The unexpected twists are just delightful.
As I read Island Sting, I thought, “a green and gritty Nancy Drew.” Boys have so many outdoor adventure stories (Gary Paulsen stories), but there are few stories where girls are the ones having adventures and taking chances. Nancy drove around in the roadster, but Kenzie rides her bike straight into danger…What an exciting story to have a brave girl who isn’t afraid of danger and dirt. Kenzie is the anti “mean girl.”
I like the twinges of romance between Angelo and Kenzie. I like website and technology, I like the activism of the kids, and I like a story—which is rare in modern tween fiction—where the adults and young people cooperate and support each other.
Students like to read about teens who make changes and take action to help their environment. They also like happy endings… Island Sting hits all the interests of middle school readers.
Kenzie Ryan—she’s green—not mean!
Kenzie didn’t expect her first summer in the Florida Keys to be murder. Or cute guys, awesome boats, endangered species, and gun-toting thugs… When city girl Kenzie Ryan moves to a Florida wildlife refuge, she plunges straight into an eco-mystery. Kenzie trades New York streets for Keys pollution cleanup, and now, instead of hailing cabs, she’s tracking down a poacher of endangered Key deer.LEARN MORE
How could Kenzie have predicted that a surreal encounter with an ancient sea turtle at a New York aquarium would propel her into peril in the Florida Keys? A haunting promise compels Kenzie to save sea turtles by capturing the criminals who are robbing the nests. Fearless, wheelchair-bound Ana and savvy, troubled Angelo assist Kenzie in an undercover sting that grows increasingly complicated and treacherous. As problems compound, Kenzie fears losing her first romance, her mother’s trust, and her own life. Stakeout includes notes on sea turtle conservation as well as on the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida.LEARN MORE
High school changes everything for Kenzie Ryan and Angelo Sanchez—especially their relationship. After spending all summer cracking crimes against endangered wildlife in Big Pine Key, Florida, now they barely see each other. Angelo hangs out with a Porsche-driving quarterback and a stunning local “Conch princess,” and Kenzie struggles with being a newbie among the Key West cliques.
But high school drama gets over-shadowed when horrific numbers of pelicans are found tortured near the islands where they live. Kenzie begs Angelo to help stop the slaughter, but he refuses until a stunning family secret is revealed.
When a Sanchez Fish House employee falls under suspicion, the list of suspects explodes, and the discovery of illegal activity exposes Angelo and Kenzie to the same deadly risk faced by the pelicans they are trying to save…LEARN MORE