Bella and Britt discover a manatee smuggling ring at Manatee Key. The manatees have already been netted, so the girls must act fast! But a kidnapper snatches Bella, hustling her into their hideout, where the ranger is held, too. Now it’s up to Britt. But what can one girl do? Suggested age range for readers: 7-10
March 1, 2016  |  36 pages
(Read from May 16, 2017 to May 16, 2017)
Grade: A–    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 70% Entertainment, 30% Literature
Writing Quality:
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Movie Potential:
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Sequel Potential:
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A fun, fast-paced mystery about the loveable manatee. Bella and Britt make quite a team, showing kids that they are able to make a difference through their observations and actions even though they are younger. Britt's quick thinking and ingenuity allowed for a happy ending. I do wish there was a little more information about manatees such as their status on the endangered species list, why poachers are bad, and why Britt needed to be careful with the boat.