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State of Wilderness

2.73 of 5 stars 2.73  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  4 reviews
In the first book of the Junior Geography Squad series, the squad works its way through the first of the fifty states. Questions given in the form of a hand-held electronic game lead the kids to the identification of the state. Illustrations by Aidana WillowRaven highlight Elysabeth Elderings clues.
Paperback, 100 pages
Published June 27th 2008 by 4rv Publishing LLC
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Donna McDine
State of Wilderness is the first installment of the 50 States Mystery Trivia Series, Junior Geography Detective Squad. Ingeniously, weaved together, three young children; Matt, Guy, and Mary Beth, are drawn to a hand-held computer game; and the ying and yang of competition ensues as to who will uncover the identity of the state first.

“Want to make a bet?” Matt looked over at his friend. “A bet? Sure, let’s write down our answers when we think we know the state, and the one who knows it sooner g
Lana Voynich
This book is entertaining and fast-paced. As a children's author, Elysabeth Eldering has a great understanding of what kids will read and enjoy. I recommend everyone with kids learning about the United States geography gives it a try.

The only reason I don't rank it higher, is because I don't have kids and I'm not really interested in geography. :)
Debbie Todd
Sep 05, 2008 Debbie Todd rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
It wasn't well-written. While some children make like it, most will find it not worth the money to purchase it. I'd advise you to see if some library will get it if you want to read it. Otherwise, you'll be disappointed.
A good resource book (hey homeschoolers!) -- a clever way (it's a trivia "game" but also a story) to discover facts about a particular (won't give it away) state.
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Elysabeth lives in upper state South Carolina and is the author of the Junior Geography Detective Squad (JGDS), 50-state mystery trivia series. She enjoys reading, writing, cross stitching, and crocheting.

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