Island Sting

Island Sting
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Age Range
10+
Release Date
January 06, 2010
ISBN
161603002X
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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. Her new home does have some benefits-mainly Angelo, an island native, who teams up with her to nab the culprit. But will they both survive when the killer turns from stalking deer to hunting humans? Island Sting includes notes on the endangered Florida Key Deer and the National Key Deer Refuge.

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A great YA eco-mystery and promising beginning to a new series
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Reader reviewed by Crystal F

A very interesting mystery novel focusing on one girls' quest to help protect the wildlife on the small island that has become her new home.

Island Sting is a fun young adult read paired with a mystery that is solved by the teenagers involved.  Kenzie has just moved down to Big Pine Key and on her first day there gets involved with a local boy and a mystery of who is harming the local deer population.  Focusing on a real problem in a real area of the Florida Keys makes this book even more interesting.  Kenzie and Angelo make good characters, though we never learn a lot about them.  Maggie, Kenzie's mom also plays a small role.  Her and Kenzie have a typical mother/daughter teenage relationship - one moment fine, the next moment at odds.  Maggie wants the best for Kenzie and wants to protect her, while Kenzie is impulsive and acts without thinking.

The mystery is simple but interesting.  I kept guessing through the book and the author does a good job at throwing suspicion in different directions.  The plot moves quickly and comes to a satisfying conclusion.  I look forward to more books in this series to get to know the characters better.

I think my one minor complaint and the reason I knocked points off of my rating was that there were a lot of different characters that made brief appearances here and there through the book and when they would come back I would be slightly confused on who was who.  But that may just be me.  I think overall this is a very enjoyable book and well-worth the few hours of reading time I spent.  It has a feel-good element to it while still be realistic and that makes it great in my opinion.

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