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Title:
The missing manatee
Author:
DeFelice, Cynthia C.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.
Physical Description:
181 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
While coping with his parents' separation, eleven-year-old Skeet spends most of Spring Break in his skiff on a Florida river, where he finds a manatee shot to death and begins looking for the killer. A tribute to Florida, fishing, and family All Skeet Waters wants is to catch a big, beautiful tarpon on his fly rod - and to keep everything else in his life in Florida the way it's always been. But on his spring break from school, Skeet overhears his mother telling his father to move out permanently. Then, while riding in his boat to escape his parents' troubles, he discovers a manatee that's been shot in the head. Skeet puts aside his search for the manatee and its killer when Dirty Dan the Tarpon Man offers to take him out to catch his first tarpon on a fly. Because of Dan, Skeet begins to unravel the mysteries surrounding the manatee's apparent murder and his parents' dissolving marriage. Skeet discovers that life is a lot like tarpon fishing, in which you can't look just at the surface of the water - you have to look through it, at what lies beneath.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
830 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.9 5.0 86251.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5 10 Quiz: 36497 Guided reading level: S.
ISBN:
9780374312572
Format :
Book

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