July 2022: National Parks

It's the heart of summer! Enjoy reading about the wonderful (and scary!) things that happen in national parks! 

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A Weird And Wild Beauty : The Story Of Yellowstone, The World's First National Park

Author(s):

Erin Peabody

Description:

The summer of 1871, a team of thirty-two men set out on the first scientific expedition across Yellowstone. Through uncharted territory, some of the day's most renowned scientists and artists explored, sampled, sketched, and photographed the region's breathtaking wonders--from its white-capped mountain vistas and thundering falls to its burping mud pots and cauldrons of molten magma. At the end of their adventure, the survey packed up their specimens and boarded trains headed east, determined to convince Congress that the country needed to preserve the land from commercial development. With the support of conservationists the importance of a national park was secured, and in 1872, Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone Park Bill into law. It set aside over two million acres of one-of-a-kind wilderness as 'a great national park for the benefit and enjoyment of people.' This book will introduce young adults to the ecological and historical adventures that led to the Yellowstone model, and the billions of acres of critical habitat and scenery that are being preserved for all of us to enjoy.--From statement provided by publisher.

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Book

Call Number:

YA 978.752 Pea

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Adventure In Pico Bonito

Author(s):

M. G. (Mercedes) Alonso Cortés
James (Biologist) Adams

Description:

Olguita and Oscarito and their parents are visiting Pico Bonito, a national park in the rainforest of Honduras. Pico Bonito is home to amazing birds, furry mammals, armadillos, amphibians, and insects of every type.. Up-close paintings show the creatures they meet during their adventure.

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Book

Call Number:

J 591.734 Alo

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Backpacking With The Saints : Wilderness Hiking As Spiritual Practice

Author(s):

Belden C. Lane

Description:

Carrying only basic camping equipment and a collection of the world's great spiritual writings, Belden C. Lane embarks on solitary spiritual treks through the Ozarks and across the American Southwest. As he walks, he engages these writings with the natural wonders he encounters, demonstrating how being alone in the wild opens a rare view onto one's interior landscape, and how the saints' writings reveal the divine in nature.--From book jacket flap.

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Book

Call Number:

204.46 Bac

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Cave Of Crystals

Author(s):

Martha London
Eric Fritz

Description:

"In a very deep cave in Mexico, massive crystals grow much larger than a human. Cave of Crystals looks at when and how these crystals formed and what the future looks like for these formations." -- Amazon.

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Book

Call Number:

J 551.44 Lon

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Death Canyon : A Jake Trent Novel

Author(s):

David Riley Bertsch

Description:

Early summer in Jackson, Wyoming, finds former East Coast prosecutor Jake Trent wading through a swift current of local politics, introspection, and tragedy. After leaving law behind, Jake escaped big-city life to pursue his dream: setting up as a fishing guide and opening a small bed-and-breakfast in the West. Now three seemingly unrelated deaths have occurred in one day—unheard of in the scenic valley of Jackson Hole—disrupting Jake’s contented new life.

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Book

Call Number:

FIC Ber

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Eternal On The Water

Author(s):

Joseph Monninger

Description:

From the day Cobb and Mary meet kayaking on Maine's Allagash River and fall deeply in love, the two approach life with the same sense of adventure they use to conquer the river's treacherous rapids. But rivers do not let go so easily... and neither does their love. So when Mary's life takes the cruelest turn, she vows to face those rough waters on her own terms and asks Cobb to promise, when the time comes, to help her return to their beloved river for one final journey.

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Book

Call Number:

LP FIC Mon

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Katt Vs. Dogg

Author(s):

James Patterson
Chris Grabenstein
Anuki López

Description:

A Dogg family and a Katt family are spending their vacations at Western Frontier Park fighting with each other when a youngster from each family becomes lost in the dangerous forest.

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Book

Call Number:

J FIC Pat

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Seasons Of The Bear : A Yosemite Story

Author(s):

Ginger Wadsworth
Daniel San Souci

Description:

Bear's babies are growing fast. One cub jabs the other with his nose. Wham! Whack! They pounce on each other and roll on the ground. They try to jump on Bear. She grumbles gently. Grrrr"--Page [4] of cover.

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Book

Call Number:

E Wad

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The Cold Vanish : Seeking The Missing In North America's Wildlands

Author(s):

Jon Billman

Description:

Jon Billman's in-depth look at people who vanish in the wilderness without a trace and those eccentric, determined characters who try to find them.--From publisher's website.

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Book

Call Number:

363.2336 Bil

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The Emerald Mile : The Epic Story Of The Fastest Ride In History Through The Heart Of The Grand Canyon

Author(s):

Kevin Fedarko

Description:

The epic story of the fastest boat ride in history, on a hand-built dory named the "Emerald Mile," through the heart of the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River.

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Book

Call Number:

979.132 Fed

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Author(s):

Lisa M. Herrington

Description:

Explore misty mountaintops that can be found in Great Smokey Mountains National Park, discover the park's plants, animals, and other landforms in the pages of this book.

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Book

Call Number:

Ei 917.68 Her

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The Growling Bear Mystery

Author(s):

Gertrude Chandler Warner
Charles Tang

Description:

When the Aldens visit Yellowstone they discover a map showing the way to an old cabin where gold is supposedly hidden, but they encounter lots of interference in their attempts to hike the trail.

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Book

Call Number:

J FIC War

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The Missing Grizzly Cubs

Author(s):

Judy Young

Description:

Eleven-year-old Buck Bray travels to Denali National Park to shoot a new kids' wilderness show, and with the cameraman's daughter, they work to solve the mystery of two missing grizzly cubs.

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Book

Call Number:

J FIC You

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The Road To Paradise

Author(s):

Karen Barnett

Description:

"An ideal sanctuary and a dream come true-that's what Margaret Lane feels as she takes in God's gorgeous handiwork in Mount Rainer National Park. It's 1927 and the National Park Service is in its youth when Margie, an avid naturalist, lands a coveted position alongside the park rangers living and working in the unrivaled splendor of Mount Rainier's long shadow. But Chief Ranger Ford Brayden knows too well how awe-inspiring nature can quickly turn deadly. Ford is still haunted by his father's death on the mountain, and the ranger takes his work managing the park and its growing crowd of visitors seriously. The job of watching over an idealistic Senator's daughter with few practical survival skills seems a waste of resources. When Margie's former fiance sets his mind on developing the Paradise Inn and its surroundings into a tourist playground, the plans might put more than the park's pristine beauty in danger. What will Margie and Ford sacrifice to preserve the splendor and simplicity of the wilderness they both love?"-- Provided by publisher.

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Book

Call Number:

FIC Bar

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The Wild Inside : A Novel Of Suspense

Author(s):

Christine Carbo

Description:

It was a clear night in Glacier National Park. Fourteen-year-old Ted Systead and his father were camping beneath the rugged peaks and starlit skies when something unimaginable happened: a grizzly bear attacked Ted's father and dragged him to his death. Now, twenty years later, as Special Agent for the Department of the Interior, Ted gets called back to investigate a crime that mirrors the horror of that night. Except this time, the victim was tied to a tree before the mauling. Ted teams up with one of the park officers--a man named Monty, whose pleasant exterior masks an all-too-vivid knowledge of the hazardous terrain surrounding them. Residents of the area turn out to be suspicious of outsiders and less than forthcoming. Their intimate connection to the wild forces them to confront nature, and their fellow man, with equal measures of reverence and ruthlessness. As the case progresses with no clear answers, more than human life is at stake--including that of the majestic creature responsible for the attack. Ted's search for the truth ends up leading him deeper into the wilderness than he ever imagined, on the trail of a killer, until he reaches a shocking and unexpected personal conclusion.

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Book

Call Number:

FIC Car

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Track Of The Cat

Author(s):

Nevada Barr
Barbara Rosenblat

Description:

The young naturalist, Anna Pigeon, has moved to the Southwest wilderness to be a park ranger. There, her days are filled with the physical demands of working in the Guadalupe Mountains and the satisfaction of living in this splendid land. Her peace is shattered one morning, though, when she discovers the body of another ranger deep in Dog Canyon. How did the usually cautious woman die? Although at first the evidence indicates an attack by a mountain lion, Anna soon suspects that there are craftier predators afoot in the wild grasses.

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Audiobook

Call Number:

FIC Bar

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Unquiet Ghosts : A Novel

Author(s):

Glenn Meade

Description:

"Kathy Kelly's world was shattered when a plane carrying her husband--an Iraq War veteran and devoted father--and her two children vanished from the sky one night. No trace of the plane was ever found. Eight years later, Kathy has struggled to rebuild her life, but then wreckage of his plane is found in the wilderness of Great Smoky Mountain National Park--hundreds of miles from where her husband's plane should have been. The pilot perished in the crash, but there is no sign of Jack or the children. Could they have made it out alive after all? But if so, where have they been all this time? Where are they now? As Kathy searches for any clue about what happened to her family, the investigation uncovers some unsettling clues--including a briefcase containing millions of dollars in cash, a priceless mask stolen from an Iraqi museum, and a clue that links Jack's disappearance with the suspicious death of Kathy's mother years ago. But she soon learns that others have been looking for the wreckage and its occupants for a long time. Others who are determined to make sure she never finds her family and that they remain dead."-- Provided by publisher.

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Book

Call Number:

FIC Mea