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The Florida Keys has its share of dark secrets. Sea turtle eggs feed a mysterious superstition, and poachers lurk on sandy shores with money and murder on their mind. It's up to three determined teens to save an ancient population from extinction.

A haunting promise compels Kenzie to save sea turtles by ending a rash of nest robberies. Fearless, wheelchair-bound Ana and savvy, troubled Angelo assist Kenzie in an undercover operation that grows increasingly complicated and treacherous. Problems compound as Kenzie fears losing her first romance, her mother's trust, and her own life.

Stakeout includes notes on the endangered hawksbill and loggerhead turtles as well as information about the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida.

2012 Green Earth finalist


"This book is the perfect mystery. Full of suspense, action, and drama, Stake Out is one of the best mysteries I have ever read. It has just the right amount of family matters to balance out the plot, and the author paints such a vivid picture in my mind that I can almost smell the sea salt. The unexpected twists are just delightful! This book is great for people who love mysteries and people who love the environment. I liked this book so much that I will read it again and lend it to all of my friends. I highly recommend reading Stake Out by Bonnie J. Doerr."
~Flamingnet Teen Book Reviews

"Stakeout is a riveting read for younger readers and nature lovers."
~Midwest Book Review

Stakeout is the second book in the award-winning eco-mystery series by Bonnie J. Doerr. The first book, also set in the Florida Keys, won the 2011 EPIC Outstanding Children's Book Award. Here's what reviewers said about this book whose mystery centers around the endangered Key deer:

"Island Sting is a fast-paced, environmental thriller that teens will tear into. Once you start reading, you'll find yourself flipping pages as fast as you can, eager to find out what happens next. Great action, great characters, and a message that will resonate with readers of all ages."
~Frances O'Roark Dowell, Edgar-award-winning author of Dovey Coe, Chicken Boy, The Secret Language of Girls, and Shooting the Moon

"Impetuous Kenzie, dashing Angel, and a fascinating cast of four-legged characters make green go down easy in this fast-paced eco-mystery."
~Louise Hawes, award-winning author of Black Pearls, Waiting for Christopher, and Rosey in the Present Tense

"An exciting adventure, highly recommended."
~Midwest Book Review

"Action-packed...exciting...vivid descriptions of setting add to its appeal."
~Winston-Salem Journal


A lifetime educator, Bonnie J. Doerr has taught students from kindergarten to college in eight states. Degrees in reading education, combined with a brief post as a science teacher, led her to write ecological mysteries. Years of teaching and living in the Florida Keys provided irresistible material. Her novels celebrate caring, involved, "green" teens who take action with attitude and a touch of romance. Her children's book Kenzie's Key was honored by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) with a grant for its use in environmental education. Her work has been included in Milkweed Editions literary field guides. When not at home with her heart in the Florida Keys, she lives in a log cabin in North Carolina.


Used availability for Bonnie J Doerr's Stakeout

Paperback Editions

April 2011 : USA Paperback

Title: Stakeout
Author(s): Bonnie J Doerr
ISBN: 1-61603-007-0 / 978-1-61603-007-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Leap Books, LLC
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Kindle Editions

April 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Stakeout
Author(s): Bonnie J Doerr
Publisher: Leap Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA