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Hiaasen, Carl.
New York : Knopf, 2009
IL 5-8, RL 6.0
ISBN 0375834869
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While on a field trip to the Everglades a fire breaks out.  The teacher who brought the students hasnít returned to her car and sends a note that there is a family emergency and she wonít be back for a while. A student nicknamed Smoke wasnít on the field trip but was he there?  The fire was set.  What about the mysterious man who is living in the swamp at a hidden campsite?  And what are the oil men doing with their hidden pipes?  Is the rumor true that an endangered panther and her cubs are living in the swamp? While Nick and his friend Marta are trying to connect the many strands of the mystery, Nick learns that his father has been injured in Iraq.    (New Hampshire Great Stone Face nominee, 2009-2010)
SUBJECTS:     Teachers -- Fiction.
                        Missing persons -- Fiction.
                        Wilderness areas -- Fiction.
                        Wildlife conservation -- Fiction.
                        Florida -- Fiction.

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