Trouble on the St. Johns River

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Florida Kids Press, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 156 pages
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In Trouble on the St. Johns River, the Johnson kids Joey, Bobby and Katy are up to their adventurous ways again. But this time, instead of exploring history, they're making it! Joey and Bobby start their summer vacation by setting out for their favorite fishing pond, but end up leading a crusade to clean up the environment instead.Finding the pond covered with green muck and dead fish, the brothers decide to do something about it. That leads to a close encounter with a manatee, a visit to a center that rehabilitates injured sea turtles, and a boat tour on the St. Johns River. What they learn through these experiences inspires them to create The Greenies and chart a course of action that captures the attention of many, including a local TV station. By the end of the story, Joey, who thought there was nothing kids could do to make a difference, realizes that perhaps they are the very ones who can. Its a story of awakening that will inspire young readers to become more aware of their environment and give them some ideas on how to preserve it.

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Jane R. Wood is the author of five juvenile fiction books and owns her own publishing company, Florida Kids Press. She captures kids' imaginations with mystery, adventure, and humor, and at the same time, places her characters in settings and situations that expose young readers to the history and the environment of that area. Wood uses her experiences as a former classroom teacher, a newspaper reporter, and television producer as inspiration for her books. Because her books are compatible with many schools' curricula, she is invited to speak at schools across the country. Based on her success in tapping into the school market, Wood shares her strategies for marketing to this unique audience in her book, "Schools: A Niche Market for Authors," published in 2014.Wood was born in Oregon, but moved to Florida when she was ten. Growing up near Cape Canaveral, she watched America's journeys into space, contributing to her love of history. She earned a BA from the University of Florida and a MEd from the University of North Florida. Mrs. Wood is the mother of two grown sons, four grandchildren, and lives in Jacksonville, Florida, with her husband Terry.

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