Bonnie J. Doerr

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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 and the Hardy Boys by others. Her work has been honored by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) with a grant for its use in environmental education and has been included in Milkweed Editions literary field guides. She lives in a log cabin on the edge of a historic park in North Carolina.

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Bonnie J. Doerr
ISBN-13 978-1-61603-007-0
ISBN-10 1-61603-007-0

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A surreal encounter with an ancient sea turtle propels Kenzie into peril in the Florida Keys…A haunting promise compels Kenzie to save sea turtles by ending a rash of nest robberies. Fearless, wheelchair-bound Ana and savvy, troubled Angelo assist Kenzie in an undercover operation that grows increasingly complicated and treacherous. Problems compound as Kenzie fears losing her first romance, her mother’s trust, and her own life.Stakeout includes notes on the endangered hawksbill and loggerhead turtles as well as information about the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida.

Praise for Stakeout

“This book is the perfect mystery. Full of suspense, action, and drama, 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! This book is great for people who love mysteries and people who love the environment. I liked this book so much that I will read it again and lend it to all of my friends. I highly recommend reading Stake Out by Bonnie J. Doerr.”

~Flamingnet Teen Book Reviews

“Stakeout is a riveting read for younger readers and nature lovers.”

~Midwest Book Review

2012 Green Earth Book Award finalist


Island Sting
Bonnie J. Doerr
ISBN-13 978-1-61603-002-5
ISBN-10 1-61603-002-X

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Kenzie didn’t expect her first summer in the Florida Keys to be murder. Cute guys, awesome boats, endangered species, 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.
 Island Sting Reader Guide

Praise for Island Sting

“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.”

~Frances O’Roark Dowell, Edgar-award-winning author of Dovey Coe, Chicken Boy, The Secret Language of Girls, and Shooting the Moon

“Impetuous Kenzie, dashing Angel, and a fascinating cast of four-legged characters make green go down easy in this fast-paced eco-mystery.”

~Louise Hawes, award-winning author of Black Pearls, Waiting for Christopher, and Rosey in the Present Tense

“An exciting adventure, highly recommended.”

~Midwest Book Review

“Action-packed…exciting…vivid descriptions of setting add to its appeal.”

~Winston-Salem Journal

EPIC2011 YALSA Popular Paperbacks Nominee