It’s an action-packed heart-tug with a good sprinkle of humor as twelve-year old Gus whose struggle to cope with his older brother’s death has left him fearful is drawn into hunting for pirate treasure with a feisty girl and a zany movie prop creator. But, on the Florida island where Gus is spending the summer, there’s something even more valuable than gold—a wild panther cub. The National Wildlife Federation reports less than 100 Florida panthers remain living wild and free. Will Gus regain his courage in time to save the cub from poachers? And will Gus and his band of treasure hunters solve the mystery of the pirate’s map he discovered to dig up Gasparilla’s buried gold? There’s a lot at stake and only a summer to make it happen.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: SANDRA MARKLE
Sandra Markle is the author of more than 200 non-fiction books on science topics for children and has won numerous awards for this work, including being named to the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Honor Book list, the National Science Teacher Association and Children’s Book Council’s list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children, the International Reading Association’s Young Adults Choice award, the Society of School Librarians International Book Award For Language Arts K-6, the Parent’s Guide To Children’s Media Nonfiction Award, The Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books Of The Year Award, and Nick Jr. Magazine’s Best Books Of The Year Award. In 1999, Sandra Markle was named to the Women of the Year list by Women in Technology International. In 2007, she was honored as one of Ohio’s outstanding authors by the State Library of Ohio and her birthplace was marked on a commemorative state map. As a Georgia resident, she was also named Georgia Author Of The Year five times. In addition to her books, Sandra Markle has developed science specials for CNN and PBS, and two widely acclaimed Internet-based programs for the National Science Foundation.