The Mystery on the Great Barrier Reef

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What Kids Say About

Carole Marsh Mysteries . . .

“I love the real locations! Reading the book always makes me

want to go and visit them all on our next family vacation.

My Mom says maybe, but I can’t wait!”

“One day, I want to be a real kid in one of Ms. Marsh’s

mystery books. I think it would be fun, and I think I am a

real character anyway. I filled out the application and sent it

in and am keeping my fingers crossed!”

“History was not my favorite subject till I starting reading

Carole Marsh Mysteries. Ms. Marsh really brings history to

life. Also, she leaves room for the scary and fun.”

“I think Christina is so smart and brave. She is lucky to be

in the mystery books because she gets to go to a lot of places.

I always wonder just how much of the book is true and what

is made up. Trying to figure that out is fun!”

“Grant is cool and funny! He makes me laugh a lot!!”

“I like that there are boys and girls in the story of different

ages. Some mysteries I outgrow, but I can always find a

favorite character to identify with in these books.”

ong>Theong>y are scary, but not too scary. ong>Theong>y are funny. I learn a

lot. ong>Theong>re is always food which makes me hungry. I feel like

I am there.”


What Parents and Teachers Say About

Carole Marsh Mysteries . . .

“I think kids love these books because they have such a wealth

of detail. I know I learn a lot reading them! It’s an

engaging way to look at the history of any place or event. I

always say I’m only going to read one chapter to the kids, but

that never happens—it’s always two or three, at least!”

—Librarian

“Reading the mystery and going on the field trip—Scavenger

Hunt in hand—was the most fun our class ever had! It really

brought the place and its history to life. ong>Theong>y loved the real

kids characters and all the humor. I loved seeing them learn

that reading is an experience to enjoy!”

—4th grade teacher

“Carole Marsh is really on to something with these unique

mysteries. ong>Theong>y are so clever; kids want to read them all.

ong>Theong> Teacher’s Guides are chock full of activities, recipes, and

additional fascinating information. My kids thought I was

an expert on the subject—and with this tool, I felt like it!”

—3rd grade teacher

“My students loved writing their own Real Kids/Real Places

mystery book! Ms. Marsh’s reproducible guidelines are a real

jewel. ong>Theong>y learned about copyright and more & ended up

with their own book they were so proud of!”

—Reading/Writing Teacher

ong>Theong> kids seem very realistic—my children seemed to relate to

the characters. Also, it is educational by expanding their

knowledge about the famous places in the books.”

ong>Theong>y are what children like: mysteries and adventures with

children they can relate to.”

“Encourages reading for pleasure.”

“This series is great. It can be used for reluctant readers, and

as a history supplement.”


ong>Theong> ong>Mysteryong> on the

Great

Barrier

Reef

Sydney, Australia

by Carole Marsh


Copyright ©2006 Carole Marsh/ Gallopade International

Second Printing September 2007

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the names of real people are used, their characterization in this book is fiction.

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30 Years Ago . . .

As a mother and an author, one of the fondest periods of

my life was when I decided to write mystery books for

children. At this time (1979) kids were pretty much glued to

the TV, something parents and teachers complained about the

way they do about web surfing and blogging today.

I decided to set each mystery in a real place—a place kids

could go and visit for themselves after reading the book. And

I also used real children as characters. Usually a couple of my

own children served as characters, and I had no trouble

recruiting kids from the book’s location to also be characters.

Also, I wanted all the kids—boys and girls of all ages—to

participate in solving the mystery. And, I wanted kids to learn

something as they read. Something about the history of the

location. And I wanted the stories to be funny. That formula

of real+scary+smart+fun served me well.

I love getting letters from teachers and parents who say

they read the book with their class or child, then visited the

historic site and saw all the places in the mystery for

themselves. What’s so great about that? What’s great is that

you and your children have an experience that bonds you

together forever. Something you shared. Something you both

cared about at the time. Something that crossed all age

levels—a good story, a good scare, a good laugh!

30 years later,

Carole Marsh


About the

Characters

Christina, age 10: Mysterious things really do

happen to her! Hobbies: soccer, Girl Scouts,

anything crafty, hanging out with Mimi, and

going on new adventures.

Grant, age 7: Always manages to fall off boats,

back into cactuses, and find strange clues—even

in real life! Hobbies: camping, baseball,

computer games, math, and hanging out with

Papa.

Mimi is Carole Marsh, children’s book author

and creator of Carole Marsh Mysteries, Around

the World in 80 Mysteries, Three Amigos

Mysteries, Criss, Cross, Applesauce Detective

Agency Mysteries, and many others.

Papa is Bob Longmeyer, the author’s real-life

husband, who really does wear a tuxedo,

cowboy boots and hat, fly an airplane, captain a

boat, speak in a booming voice, and laugh a lot!

Travel around the world with Christina and Grant as they

visit famous places in 80 countries, and experience the

mysterious happenings that always seem to follow them!


Hey, kids! As you see—here we are ready to embark on

another of our exciting Carole Marsh ong>Mysteryong> adventures!

You know, in "real life," I keep very close tabs on Christina,

Grant, and their friends when we travel. However, in the

mystery books, they always seem to slip away from Papa and

me so that they can try to solve the mystery on their own!

I hope you will go to www.carolemarshmysteries.com

and apply to be a character in a future mystery book! Well,

the ong>Mysteryong> Girl is all tuned up and ready for "take-off!"

Gotta go...Papa says so! Wonder what I've forgotten

this time?

Happy "Armchair Travel" Reading,

Mimi


Table of Contents

1 Boomerang, Dingo… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

2 Trouble in Paradise? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

3 A ong>Mysteryong>? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

4 Clues!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

5 Down Under Opal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

6 Off to the Outback! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

7 Code Red . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

8 Alice Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

9 Hot to Trot in Camelot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

10 Uluru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

11 A Thorny Devil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

12 ong>Theong> Devil’s Marbles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

13 Outback Jack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

14 ong>Theong> Great Barrier Reef . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

15 Coral Reefers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

16 Just What I’m Afraid Of! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

17 Scuba, Dooba, Doo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

18 Vanished! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

19 Thunder Down Under . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

20 Sydneysaurus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99

21 Run! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

22 ong>Theong> Sydney Opera House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

23 A Boomerang or a Bust! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

24 Crikey! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123

About the Author. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

Built-In Book Club: Talk About It!. . . . . . . . . . . . 128

Built-In Book Club: Bring it to Life! . . . . . . . . . . 130

Glossary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132


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Boomerang,

Dingo…

“Boomerang…dingo…kangaroo…” Grant

stared out into space, muttering slowly to

himself. “Crikey, sheila, croc…”

“Grant?” said his grandmother, Mimi,

“what are you doing?” ong>Theong>y were standing in the

airport in Sydney, Australia waiting for a taxicab.

“Practicing my Australian,” said Grant,

nonchalantly.

“Your Australian?” Mimi repeated,

confused.

“Yes ma’am,” said her grandson, age seven.

“I know a lot of Australian words: outback,

didgeridoo, koala…I know a lot of Aussie words.”


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Mimi laughed. “You do know that

Australians speak English?”

Grant looked at his grandmother like she

was crazy. “ong>Theong>n why do they sound so funny?”

“It’s their accent,” said Mimi, looking all

around for Papa and Christina. She wondered

where they could be and how long it could take

to get a taxi in a busy airport like Sydney, which

was bustling this morning. “I think the

Australians have a wonderful accent. And, the

Australians are so friendly. And, yes, they do

have their own Aussie jargon.”

Grant grinned. “ong>Theong>y must be friendly,”

he said. “ong>Theong>y’re always saying ‘G’day, mate’ to

me. But Australia is a mystery to me already.”

Again Mimi was puzzled. “Why is that?”

Grant made a list: “ong>Theong>ir seasons are

backwards, they spell funny, have funny money,

have weird measurements, and stuff like that.”

Once more Mimi laughed. “Grant, this is

a foreign country, you know. We’re in a different

hemisphere, that’s why their seasons are

opposite from ours in the United States. And

they spell the English way, like colour instead of

color. You’ll get used to the currency. And they

use the metric system.”


Boomerang, Dingo… 3

Grant shook his head. “I still think it’s

mysterious here. I just feel it in the air.” He

waved his arms slowly through the air as if he

really could feel mystery in the air.

“Oh, Grant,” said Mimi. “Don’t be silly.”

Suddenly Papa and Christina came

running toward them, dodging other tourists

loaded with luggage. Christina’s face was red;

she looked like she might be going to cry. Papa’s

face was red; he looked very angry.

“What’s wrong?” asked Mimi.

Papa huffed and puffed. “This place is a

mystery to me!”

Christina grabbed Mimi around her waist.

“Oh, Mimi,” she wailed. “ong>Theong>y say all our

paperwork is messed up. ong>Theong>y say we can’t stay

in the country. And we just got here!”

Now Mimi’s face got red. “Who says?

Why? I know our passports and immigration

papers are in order. Who says we can’t stay?”

Mimi was not the kind of person who took “NO”

graciously.

Suddenly, they all turned to see a tall

gentleman in a snappy blue, double-breasted suit

with shiny brass buttons. ong>Theong> man sported

brilliant white hair, more or less stuffed beneath


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a billed cap, and a matching white walrus-style

moustache. He looked like a ship captain from

time past. In a deep, booming voice, he

announced: “I DO!”


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2

Trouble in

Paradise?

“Are you Captain Kangaroo?” Grant asked

the bespectacled, moustachioed man. Everyone

else was momentarily speechless, waiting for the

mysterious man’s answer.

For a moment, the man (who looked a lot

like Mark Twain to Christina) looked like he was

angry. Or at least his cheeks turned an even

brighter red and his glacier blue eyes narrowed

beneath his bushy white eyebrows. He pursed

his lips. Christina thought he looked like a

person about to “blow their top.”

But suddenly, he let out a whoosh of air so

loud that it made a shrill whistle. ong>Theong>n the man

broke into a roar of laughter so loud that many


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passing travelers stopped to stare.

“Just look at this motley crew!” he

bellowed. In turn, he stared at each of them:

Mimi in her smart black and white suit; Papa in

his usual neatly starched and pressed jeans and

shirt, leather vest, cowboy boots and ten gallon

hat; Christina, carrying her American Girl dolls,

Savannah and Juliette, beneath her arms; and

Grant, wearing cargo shorts and a bush jacket

with toy dinosaurs sticking out of every pocket.

ong>Theong> man laughed once more. “You all must

have jet lag not to know a joke when you hear it!

Don’t you know me?” he bellowed again, this time

followed by a big grin and outstretched arms.

“Jervis?” Mimi inquired at last. “Dr. Jervis

Rottnest?”

ong>Theong> man bowed deeply. “At your service,

madam,” he replied.

Mimi turned to the others. “Dr. Rottnest

is a world-famous marine biologist,” she

explained. “His specialty is Australia’s Great

Barrier Reef. He’s helped me before with

research for some of my mystery books, but we

have never actually met—until now.” She beamed

at the professor who looked plum tickled to be

“found out” and gave Mimi a bear hug.


Trouble In Paradise? 7

Grant looked puzzled. “So if you have

never met, then how did you know him?” he

asked his grandmother.

“Because,” said Mimi, “he talks just like

he writes in his e-mails and letters!”

“Nice to meet you,” said Papa, shaking

hands.

Following his grandfather’s lead, Grant

shook hands with Dr. Rottnest too.

Since Christina’s arms were filled with

dolls, she just gave a little curtsey. Dr. Rottnest

laughed. “I hope your dollies brought their

swimsuits and snorkeling gear?” ong>Theong>n he turned

to Mimi. “Why don’t we have a spot of tea and I’ll

tell your delightful family a little about what they

are going to see while they are in Australia?”

“Wonderful!” said Mimi, looking around

for a convenient café. But that was not what Dr.

Rottnest had in mind. For the next thing they

knew, he waved his arms and porters appeared

and carted their luggage to a waiting town car.

Grant and Christina grinned when Dr.

Rottnest directed the driver to take them to

Woolloomooloo where they sat down to tea in a

pretty outdoor café overlooking the famous and

beautiful Sydney Opera House.


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As they settled into their seats, Mimi

asked, “Dr. Rottnest, it is wonderful that you met

us, but such a surprise. I know we have

corresponded frequently when I had research

questions for one of my books, but what

prompted you to show us such hospitality? It’s

quite appreciated, but I know you are a busy man

and we would not want to infringe on your

schedule.”

Christina knew her grandmother well.

She could tell that Mimi was being extremely

polite, but a little suspicious. However, Dr.

Rottnest answered Mimi’s question with no

hesitation.

“I thought you could use some assistance

while you are visiting here in Australia,” Dr.

Rottnest said, then confessed. “And, I thought

that perhaps if I helped you, then you might

help me.”

Mimi looked confused. “With what?” she

asked.

Dr. Rottnest lowered his head, lifted his

bushy white eyebrows, and twitched his wooly,

white moustache. “With a mystery!”


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3

A ong>Mysteryong>!

“Uh, excuse me,” Grant interrupted, as

Mimi caught her breath at the unexpected request.

“Mimi doesn’t really like to do mystery stuff when

she’s on vacation,” he warned Dr. Rottnest.

Next Christina interrupted. “But she

always does.” Christina really wanted to know

what the mysterious mystery was. After all, what

fun was a vacation without a mystery? She and

Grant traveled with their grandparents often,

especially when Mimi was doing research for one

of her mystery books. But this was supposed to

be a vacation; a break from mystery for Mimi.

“Well,” said Dr. Rottnest in a serious

voice. “I hope she will make an exception this

time.” He looked at Mimi entreatingly. “It is life

or death.”


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For a moment there was stunned silence

at the table. Finally, Mimi asked in a soft voice.

“Life or death for whom?”

Dr. Rottnest lowered his head even

further. Unconsciously, the others did too, until

they were all sitting hunkered over the table as if

in a huddle. When he had their full attention, Dr.

Rottnest explained. “Life and death for the

creatures of the Great Barrier Reefone of

Australia’s most famous and beloved places.

And, life or death for my career.” He frowned.

“And I, a marine biologist, not a master

detective, have been charged with solving the

mystery post haste.”

Dr. Rottnest rared back and folded his

arms across his broad chest in a “how do you like

them apples?” stance. He was clearly waiting for

Mimi’s response.

Finally, Papa saved the day—sort of. “You

know that my wife writes children’s mystery

books,” he began. “She is not a master detective

either. And, she’s on vacation to get away from

her writing chores for a while.”

Giving a grave bow of his head, Dr.

Rottnest responded apologetically. “I

understand,” he said in great earnestness. “I’m


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fearfully sorrowful to even broach the subject.

But under the circumstances I feel compelled to

seek all the expert help I can possibly muster.

Time is of the essence. And with all my head and

heart I believe that the solution to this curious,

curious mystery can only be solved by a person

with a pure mind and a pure heart…someone

who sees with clarity and simplicity…who is

creative…and caring.”

Papa began to cough. Christina knew her

grandfather well. If it would not be impolite, she

thought he would say that Dr. Rottnest was full

of hot air and just trying to bamboozle Mimi with

false praise. Even Christina thought this could

be the case, but she was still curious to at least

learn what the mystery was, no matter what

Mimi decided to do—or not do—about it.

Mimi cleared her throat. “Well you know,

Dr. Rottnest…”she began.

He interrupted. “Jervis, please,” he

insisted. “Call me Jervis.”

Mimi cleared her throat again. “Jervis. It

would help to know exactly what this mystery is.”

Christina and Grant exchanged a grin.

Good for Mimi, Christina thought. Make him

put up or shut up. Mimi did not mess around


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with mystery. She was surprised to see Dr.

Rottnest look very uncomfortable. He sighed

several times. Almost as if it pained him, he

finally nodded.

“So be it,” he said and began to pull small

cards from his vest pocket. He laid them gently

in a fan before them.

“And these are…?” Mimi asked.

Dr. Rottnest said one word: “Clues!”


About the

Author

Carole Marsh is an author and publisher who has

written many works of fiction and non-fiction for young

readers. She travels throughout the United States and

around the world to research her books. In 1979 Carole

Marsh was named Communicator of the Year for her

corporate communications work with major national and

international corporations.

Marsh is the founder and CEO of Gallopade

International, established in 1979. Today, Gallopade

International is widely recognized as a leading source of

educational materials for every state and many

countries. Marsh and Gallopade were recipients of the

2004 Teachers’ Choice Award. Marsh has written more

than 50 Carole Marsh Mysteries. In 2007, she was

named Georgia Author of the Year. Years ago, her

children, Michele and Michael, were the original

characters in her mystery books. Today, they continue

the Carole Marsh Books tradition by working at

Gallopade. By adding grandchildren Grant and Christina

as new mystery characters, she has continued the

tradition for a third generation.

Ms. Marsh welcomes correspondence from her

readers. You can e-mail her at fanclub@gallopade.com,

visit carolemarshmysteries.com, or write to her in care

of Gallopade International, P.O. Box 2779, Peachtree

City, Georgia, 30269 USA.


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Built-In Book Club

Talk About It!

1. Australians have a very distinct accent. Do

you like to listen to people with different accents?

If so, why? Do you ever imitate accents?

2. Grant noticed a tattoo on the right arm of

the suspicious man in the café. What are some

other important things to notice about someone

you want to remember?

3. Grant and Christina were awed by the

beauty and size of Ayers Rock. Do you like to

visit beautiful and interesting natural places?

What is an interesting place you have visited?

4. You have read about many strange and

wonderful animals that live in Australia. What is

your favorite animal and why? Would you like to

have that animal for a pet?

5. Did you think it was a good idea or a bad

idea when Christina and Grant took off with the

park ranger’s children and left a note for Mimi


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and Papa on two stones in the middle of the trail?

Why or why not?

6. Christina says that geography seems alive

to her after traveling with Mimi and Papa to

many interesting places. Do you like

geography? After reading “ong>Theong> ong>Mysteryong> on the

Great Barrier Reef,” can you see why geography

can be really cool?

7. ong>Theong> children were offered some interesting

food in Australia, including kangaroo, octopus,

and lychee nuts. Are you willing to try new foods

when you visit different places? What do you

think octopus tastes like? How about kangaroo?

8. “Crikey!” is an expression of surprise or an

enthusiastic response to something. Can you

think of some American words that you might use

in place of “Crikey!?”

9. Did you think Christina was brave to do

what she did at the end of the book? Would you

have been willing to do that?

10. Would you like to visit Australia? If so,

what would you like to see?


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Built-In Book Club

Bring it to

Life!

1. Make a marsupial masterpiece! Marsupials

are really cool creatures! List three marsupials

(of course, you’ve got to include the kangaroo).

ong>Theong>n, research them on the Internet and make a

chart listing their similarities and differences.

Draw pictures of them, or find pictures online,

print them, and glue them to your chart.

2. Amble across Australia! Ask a volunteer to

draw a big map of Australia on a poster board.

Use a map of Australia from the encyclopedia to

help you locate the places visited by Christina

and Grant. Create symbols, and label the map.

Don’t forget the map key! Trace their journey

across the continent “Down Under.” Look at the

encyclopedia map and find the distance


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measurement key. About how many miles did

they travel? (Australia is a BIG place!)

3. Make a boomerang! You can use poster

board, cardboard, or foam core. Research what

Aboriginal art looks like, and decorate your

boomerang!

4. What time is it, really, and what’s the

weather? Use Internet tools to help you find out

the time difference between your home state and

Australia. ong>Theong>n, decide what the weather would

be like in Australia today compared to where you

live. Remember, Australia’s seasons are the

opposite of our seasons in the Northern

Hemisphere!

5. Color your world! ong>Theong> fish living on the

Great Barrier are incredibly colorful and

beautiful! Find some photos of the Great Barrier

Reef and its fish on the Internet. ong>Theong>n, draw an

underwater mural and have fun coloring it!

6. What does that mean? Find the meaning of

these Australian words or terms: ant’s pants,

brekkie, dinkum or fair dinkum, cheerio, hoo-roo,

lollies, postie, yahoo. Don’t you think the

Australian language is fun???


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Glossary

antipodes: a name given to the general region of

Australia and New Zealand, as the polar opposite to

the European region

besmirch: to attack the good name and reputation

of someone

dilapidated: broken down from age, misuse, wear,

or neglect

exhaustion: extreme fatigue

flustered: thrown into a state of upset confusion;

rattled

fraud: a person who cheats or is not what he or she

pretends to be

hallucinate: a trick of your mind where you think

you see things that are not there

indigenous: natural to a country or region; native

infiltrator: a person who invades a group in order

to spy on the members

monolith: a monument or natural feature

consisting of a single massive stone or rock

sabotage: deliberate damage of equipment or

property to hurt an enemy; or any means to weaken

an enemy

shenanigans: mischief or pranks

yabby: small, freshwater crayfish found in Australia


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about why you think you would make a good character!

Once you’re done, ask your mom or dad to send this

page to:

Carole Marsh Mysteries Fan Club

Gallopade International

P.O. Box 2779

Peachtree City, GA 30269

My name is:

I am a: boy girl Age:___________

I live at: _____________________________________

City:_________________ State:____ Zip code:_______

My e-mail address: _____________________________

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Visit the carolemarshmysteries.com

website to:

• Join the Carole Marsh Mysteries Fan Club!

• Write a letter to Christina, Grant, Mimi, or Papa!

• Cast your vote for where the next mystery should

take place!

• Find fascinating facts about the countries where the

mysteries take place!

• Track your reading on an international map!

• Take the Fact or Fiction online quiz!

• Play the Around-the-World Scavenger Hunt

computer game!

• Find out where the ong>Mysteryong> Girl is flying next!


’day, mates! Join

Christina, Grant, Mimi,

Papa and their new

Aussie friends in the

Land Down Under! As

soon as they arrive, a

famous marine biologist

with a mystery of his

own asks for Mimi’s help

to solve it. Grant

volunteers to solve the

mystery (much to

Christina’s surprise!)

and the wild ride

begins!

ong>Theong> first stop is the

outrageous Outback,

where everyone rides

camels and encounters

cool creatures (like the

Thorny Devil!) and the

mysterious Outback Jack!

Next, it’s off to the

sensational city of

Sydney and the amazing

Great Barrier Reef! (Is

that a shark below the

glass-bottomed boat?!?)

All along the way, the

kids encounter mysterious

men with Loch Ness

monster tattoos! What

are they up to? Crikey!

RL 3–5 007–014

$7.99 US

ISBN-13: 978-0-635-06206-2

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