Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

Rare and Endangered

by John Dowd

In this sequel to Hogsty Reef, teenagers Jim and Julia reunite, getting embroiled in a search for a missing naturalist as they work in a research station studying endangered wildlife.

While in the Turks and Caicos Islands, these two inquisitive teens’ quest leads them directly into the hands of poachers who have ravaged the island’s precious fauna and intend to sell them in the black market of endangered and threatened animals.

Jim, Julia, and their new friend Miles get capture with the animals and smuggled to the Dominican Republic just as a hurricane blows in. How will they escape their captors and the deadly storm? Will they be able to stop the poaching operation?

With one eye on a twisting and turning plot line and the other on a message concerning the importance of conservation and ecological balance, John Dowd will teach and delight readers.

Format: Paperback
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-217-0
Publication Date: 4/1/2000
Page Count: 169
Size: 5 ̎ x 7-1/8 ̎
Age Range: 11 – 15
Language: English
AR Level: 6.3
GRL: X, Gr 6
Lexile: 880L
Themes: Adventure, Animal Rights, Endangered Species, Poaching, Travel
BISAC 1: YAF002000 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Animals / General
BISAC 2: YAF001000 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
BISAC 3: YAF043010 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / Environment


“Enjoyable… [The characters] are interesting and believable enough to keep readers turning pages to the satisfying conclusion…. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy the setting, but the real focus here is on the action-packed adventure.” School Library Journal 

“Set amidst the physical danger of a tropical storm while painting a detailed and realistic portrait of black market trade in endangered wildlife, the twists and turns of Dowd’s latest novel will appeal to young adults who have a special interest in wildlife conservation.”  ―VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

“This is an exciting adventure in which the action never flags, and it conveys some information about endangered species, too.” ―Kliatt 

Meet the Author

John Dowd is a true adventurer, as well as a writer and photojournalist. He has worked as a seaman on a Danish freighter out of Libya; taught at New Zealand’s Anakiwa Outward Bound School; paddled from Punta Arenas to Puerto Montt in Chile on assignment for National Geographic; and established himself in the Guinness Book of World Records by leading a 3600 kilometer kayak expedition from Venezuela to Miami along the Caribbean island chain. He is the author of Hogsty Reef and Rare and Endangered. He lives in Canada.