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by Margo Sorenson
Genre: Tween/Young Adult Mystery Action Adventure
Release: July 27, 2012
Editor: Nancy Bell
Line Editor: Valerie Haley
Cover Designer: Kaytalin Platt
When fourteen-year-old soccer star Todd arrives in Hawaii, he hears that radical, militant Hawaiian activists have hidden weapons in a nearby ravine to use for their rebellion against the U.S. government to gain Hawaiian independence. Even though he’s warned that people are raising marijuana or “pakalolo” in the ravine, guarding their crops with rifles, pit bulls, and explosives, Todd plans to scout the ravine and find the weapons, hoping he can finally earn his family’s respect and find some adventure to offset his boring summer. What will Todd discover in the ravine that could force him to rethink everything he’s believed?
Safe? Todd snapped bolt upright on the sofa, shoving a pillow aside. He strained to hear what his parents said in the kitchen.
“But will Todd be safe this summer?” Mom asked Dad. “Isn’t it dangerous?”
Dangerous? What were they talking about? Why couldn’t they talk louder?
“Elly, for Pete's sake," Dad exclaimed. "Don't be ridiculous. Tom's a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps. Don't you think he can protect Todd? You’ve got to trust the U.S. Marines."
Yeah, okay, maybe he’d need protection from his dorky cousins and their weirdness this summer in Hawaii—but what else was happening?
Just then, their voices lowered, and Todd heard only murmurs from the other room. He cracked his knuckles, one by one, and frowned. His parents were leaving for six weeks, and they wouldn’t let him stay by himself—or at a friend’s house—even though he was almost fifteen. He had to spend six weeks with his stupid cousins in Hawaii, away from all his friends and his soccer team. It was baby-sitting, no doubt about it.
About the Author:
Author of twenty-seven books, Margo Sorenson was born in Washington, DC, and spent the first seven years of her life in Spain and Italy, where books became her first friends. After teaching high school and middle school, Margo is now a full-time writer for young people of all ages and she believes they are ready for new ideas and experiences and have fun "living" the lives of the characters in books. Margo has won recognition and awards for her books, including the ALA and being named a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award in YA Fiction. After having lived in Hawaii, California, and Minnesota, Margo and her husband now live full-time in California. When she isn't writing, she enjoys visiting her grandchildren, playing golf, reading, watching sports, traveling, and hearing from her readers. She enjoys meeting with her readers in school and library settings from Minnesota to California and Hawaii.
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