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Ever since his mother died and his father went to Brazil for a scientific expedition, 14-year-old Jacob Lansa has been staying with his grandfather in Poughkeepsie. He longs to join his father and help him set up a jaguar preserve in the rain forest, but he can't miss school. When his father invites him down over spring break, he jumps at the chance. It seems Jake's vacation is over just as soon as it begins. But when an equipment explosion suddenly leaves the scientific team short-handed, he stays on as a replacement. Soon he finds himself in a life-and-death struggle against lawless opportunists and the perils of nature as he travels deep into uncharted territory. Award-winning author and research biologist Roland Smith packs this riveting adventure tale with fascinating details of the fragile rain forest. Narrator Johnny Heller's expert timing and flair for the dramatic takes you on the breathtaking journey into danger.
©1997 Roland Smith; (P)1999 Recorded Books, LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By P on 05-24-16

audio issues

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?


Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked all the characters

Which scene was your favorite?

I like the scene where Jake was stalking the deer for his grandfather not realizing that all the "inmates" were watching as well.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

My students and I all thought it would be a good movie.

Any additional comments?

issues with playing the audio from time to time. When I try to advance to a passage or go back it starts running up or down and won't stop. Also when you click on the single arrow it jumps two chapters at a time so then you have to use the double arrows to get it to the correct time for each class.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Angel on 12-28-15

Get Ready

for an awesome adventure as beauty can be so close to danger reminds me of a classic hidden dime of a book I'm so glad I picked up #1 adolescence G rated book. the characters scream personality. I think the narrator was pretty on point and I enjoyed my coffee/tea with Great Content

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