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StakeOut -

Finalist Green Earth Book Award

"A riveting read for younger readers and nature lovers." Midwest Book Review

"[Kenzie's] actions and reactions to events and circumstances throughout the story are very realistic for a girl of that age,

The secondary character of Ana is completely charming. I absolutely loved the way this girl is portrayed. She's strong and independent and won't allow anyone to do something for her that she can do herself. Ana is confined to a wheelchair, due to having spina bifida, but she doesn't let that stop her from doing anything the other kids do.

Salty, the dog, is her ever present companion and partner in crime. He's the best friend every kid wants.

As the mystery of who's stealing the turtle eggs progresses, we see the characters of the colorful island people emerge. The author does a fantastic job of painting a picture of the Florida Keys and what life there is like. 

  A perfect summer read for any young teenager, boy or girl, this is a series that will get them hooked and keep them reading."  Long and Short Reviews

"Stake Out" is a riveting read for younger readers and nature lovers." Midwest Book Review

"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." Flamingnet Young Adult Book Reviews!

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It was an ordinary field trip to the New York City aquarium. How could Kenzie

have predicted that a surreal encounter with an ancient sea turtle would propel

her into peril in the Florida Keys?

A haunting promise compels Kenzie to ensure sea turtle survival by ending a rash

of nest robberies. Fearless, wheelchair-bound Ana and savvy, but 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.

(For ages 10 and up.)

          Stakeout includes notes on sea turtle conservation

          as well as on the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida





Island Sting


 YALSA nominee 2011 Popular Paperback List.

 "Island Sting is an exciting adventure, highly recommended." Midwest Book Review

        "Action-packed...exciting...vivid descriptions of setting add to its appeal." Winston-Salem Journal

Crossover Charm Best Book List 2010 Winston-Salem Journal


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 Angelo, 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

Island Sting
has the perfect blend of adventure, light romance, environmental issues, and personal issues that many teens face.  Throw in an impetuous, caring, and determined main character, and readers can’t help but connect with Kenzie Ryan and her fight to save the endangered Key Deer.  Bonnie J. Doerr has written a timely book that not only encourages, but also shows today’s teens how they can make a difference.

~ ~ Edith Hemingway, author of The Road to Tater Hill, winner of the Parents' Choice Gold Award


Kenzie didn’t expect her first summer in the Florida Keys to be murder. Cute guys, awesome boats, endangered species, gun-toting thugs... In Angelo's up and down world, Kenzie needed a life jacket and Dramamine.

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Note* Island Sting is appropriate for ages ten and up.

Kenzie Ryan's New York know-how and private girls' academy education prove useless  in the middle of an island  wildlife refuge.

Upon arrival in the exotic Florida Keys, she is thrown into the midst of a mystery involving the endangered Florida Key deer. How can she navigate this upside down world? A world deftly maneuvered by Angelo--island native and nerve-wracking hunk. The two team up to accomplish what perplexes law enforcement, but Angelo exposes Kenzie's insecurities, including her inexperience with nature and the opposite sex.

Danger and disagreement follow the pair wherever they go. Enamored with Angelo and his local savvy, Kenzie hopes to secure his loyal friendship. But how can she win Angelo's trust when what she must tell him will crush his ego?

Island Sting includes notes on the endangered Florida Key deer and the National Key Deer Refuge.










Island Sting January 2010

Stakeout January 2011

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Celebrating Green Teens