The Panther Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Aldens are going to Florida. Benny wants nothing more than to see a real live alligator. The reason the Aldens are going to Florida is because one of Grandfather’s friend’s kids, a park ranger, is missing, well, he didn’t turn up for work and he hadn’t for several days. The Aldens know him as responsible, even though a fellow park employee paints him in a less than stellar light.
The Aldens meet a girl from the Panther tribe. She says she knows the missing park ranger. They also talk about Florida panthers, which are rare. Many of them are chipped and tracked. It seemed that the missing ranger was rather interested in them. Benny changes his mind. He wants to hear a panther now, because alligators are boring. The Alden family venture into the swamp, on a camping trip, to find a missing ranger.
What I liked
The bit about the panthers was neat. I knew of them, but not a lot. My uncle actually saw one around a place I used to live. They’re fairly rare these days.
What I didn’t like
This wasn’t a huge mystery.
A Florida mystery–more like–where’d Fluffy go? Oh, he got eaten by an alligator.
What is your opinion on panthers?
Do you like Florida orange juice?