Guardians of the Glades
The Florida Everglades are dying, and twelve-year-old Kat may be the key to their survival. Of course, she doesn’t know that yet. Until now, her biggest worry has been how she’ll fit in when she starts junior high school in the fall. But her life is turned upside down when a thirteen-foot alligator appears on her doorstep to check on her safety. Kat can’t explain it, but she knows she was able to communicate with the reptile.
Things get stranger yet when Miss Lilly, an elderly family friend, shows up and asks to take her to a mysterious retreat hidden deep in the heart of the Everglades. There Kat learns about secrets her family has kept for years. She realizes the nightmares that have plagued her are more than just bad dreams—in fact, they may be warnings of dangers she’s about to face.
Discovering she descends from families who have possessed special powers and abilities—Gifts—since the days of the druids in Ireland, she begins to unravel a tale of an ancient evil that is growing and threatening her beloved creatures here in Florida. Are the deaths and near extinctions in the state from overdevelopment, industrial toxins, and invasive species? Or is there something more sinister behind the destruction?