LASR Anniversary: Bonnie J. Doerr

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This post is part of Long and Short Review’s 9th Anniversary Celebration. Enter the Rafflecopter at the end of the post for a chance to win a $100 gift card or other prizes.


I’m joining the fun with LASR Reviews to celebrate their anniversary. I’ll be adding a copy of my fresh-off-the-press (pub date August 15) eco mystery novel for tweens as a prize, along with its companion Discussion/Project Guide if requested. Tangled Lines is set in the sunny Florida Keys where fun means turquoise water, blue sky, palm trees and sand–summer all year ‘round. Reading Tangled Lines is like being on a tropical vacation in paradise without the sunburn and bug bites – only this paradise is in peril.

Each of my novels is based on actual ecological problems faced in the Florida Keys. My research involves spending weeks in the islands (tough assignment, right?) observing the wildlife and organizations that protect different species. Tangled Lines is the result of the frequent abuse perpetrated on brown pelicans and observations of the Key West Wildlife Center rescue team in action. You can learn the factual inspiration for the mystery on my website.

TL cover 2High school changes everything for Kenzie Ryan and Angelo Sanchez—especially their relationship. After spending all summer cracking crimes against endangered wildlife in Big Pine Key, Florida, now they barely see each other. Angelo hangs out with a Porsche-driving quarterback and a stunning local “Conch princess” and Kenzie struggles with being a newbie among the Key West cliques.

But high school drama gets over-shadowed when horrific numbers of pelicans are found tortured near the islands where they live. Kenzie begs Angelo to help stop the slaughter, but he refuses until a stunning family secret is revealed.

When a Sanchez Fish House employee falls under suspicion, the list of suspects explodes, and the discovery of illegal activity exposes Angelo and Kenzie to the same deadly risk faced by the pelicans they are trying to save…

About the Author: Bonnie J. Doerr, an educator, gardener and wildlife enthusiast, is the author of eco-mystery novels for tweens. Her work, which features endangered or threatened wildlife and the real-life heroes who rescue, rehab, and release them, has been described as a “mashup of Jean Craighead George and Carl Hiaasen” by some and as a “teen detective series inspired by Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and Lassie” by others. Island Sting, (Leap Books 2010), won the 2011 EPIC Children’s eBook award, and Stake Out, (Leap Books 2011), was a 2012 Green Earth YA Book Award finalist. Third in the series, Tangled Lines, is scheduled for release summer of 2016. Visit the author at

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  1. This story is so intriguing! I can’t wait to read Bonnie’s latest.

  2. I love that you’re able to combine both real information about ecological responsibility and intriguing fiction!

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