Children's Book Author Mike Graf

Book Cover: In the Land of Standing Rocks Book Cover: Danger in the Narrows Book Cover: Going to the Sun Book Cover: Harrowing Ascent of Half Dome Book Cover: Peril on Longs Peak Book Cover: Ridge Runner Rescue Book Cover: Tale of the Scorpion Book Cover: The Eye of the Grizzly Book Cover: Touch of the Tide Pool, Crack of the Glacier Book Cover: Going Underground

Adventures with the Parkers
An Adventure Series in the National Parks
Summer vacation has never been this fun!

Now part of the Accelerated Reader Program ! 

2008 Finalist One Book Arizona Kid's Selection
2007 Teachers' Choice Award, Learning Magazine

2006 Finalist Best Children's Fiction Category,

     Join the Parkers, an intrepid family of four, as they adventure into the national parks.  Nearly ten year old twins, Morgan and James, explore the natural and historic wonders  of such destinations as: Bryce, Zion, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Great Smoky Mountains, Olympic, Glacier, Rocky Mountain, the Badlands, Wind Cave, Mount Rushmore, Arches, Canyonlands, Acadia, and Grand Teton.  Along the way, the family meets other travelers, rangers, and colorful characters pertaining to each park.

     Adventures with the Parkers- a series for kids and families- is packed with action and excitement, as well as interesting facts about plants and animals, geology, the history of the parks, wilderness safety, and environmental and preservation issues effecting the parks.  The books also offer tips and information on travel plans, great places top hike, ranger programs, historic points of interest, and much, much more.

     Each book in the series contains maps and full color photographs that represent a possible family's journey.  The books are realistic fiction- everything that the family experiences could happen in real life, or maybe did happen to someone and the details were changed to fit the characters.

     The Parkers books are a great way to get to know the national park you are planning to visit, or they also make a perfect souvenir for your stay in the park.  Either way, you'll have a fantastic outdoor adventure with you wherever you go while reading these books.

"The Adventures with the Parkers books are just remarkable and we are enjoying them immensely. Our family has been lucky enough to have been able to travel to each of those 12 parks in the series. Reading each of the books is like going back for another visit. They include the history of the places, the wonderful things found there, and wonderful pictures. They are as enjoyable to me as an adult as they are to our grandchildren. We can't wait for the next Parker adventure! Thank you for hours of enjoyment."
Karen Forcum and Medora- Mode, Illinois


Book Cover: Danger in the NarrowsDanger in the Narrows: Bryce and Zion National Parks

Join the Parkers as they embark on their first national park adventure.  Twins, Morgan and James, explore the natural wonders of Bryce and Zion, journeying among the hoodoos and sleeping beneath the stars.  But the trip takes a turn for the worse in the treacherous Zion Narrows- can they rescue Dad from a dangerous fall?

ISBN 978-0-7627-7974-1
96 pages, Published by FalconGuides

"My wife and I recently took our 3rd grade daughter on a trip to Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks. We found 2 of the "Parkers" books in the Zion Visitor's Center and got them for our daughter. After she finished the first book, she very excitedly came to her mother and I to tell us about how good it was!!! Very high praise indeed...She also informed us that this author should be one that her school invites to their annual Literacy Festival where the school invites a couple of authors in with their works to speak to the kids. The school principal let me know this is the first time a kid has suggested a particular author. High praise indeed." Amazon Book Review, G. Williams, Sandy, UT

"...will inspire kids to learn about natural science and engage them in stories that involve rescues and danger." Sandy Meagher, K-8 Teacher


Book Cover: Eye of the WhaleEye of the Whale: Acadia National Park

In this installment of FalconGuide's Adventures with the Parkers series, the Parkers journey to Acadia National Park in Maine where they explore the beautiful coastal waters and hike many of the park's finest trails, including to the top of Cadillac Mountain, the first place in the U.S. to see the sun rise every morning. They decide to end their trip by camping on an island within the national park, but when Mom tries to kayak back to the mainland, she gets beached on a remote island--and quickly discovers she is not the only one stranded there!

ISBN 978-0-7627-8262-8
96 pages, Published by FalconGuides

Book Cover: Going to the SunGoing to the Sun: Glacier National Park

In the eighth book in the Adventure with the Parkers series, the Parkers visit Glacier National Park in Montana. As they enjoy the waterfalls and uniquely sculpted mountains while the park's glaciers glimmer above them, the Parkers learn that because of global warming, the glaciers may not last that much longer.  During their family hikes they encounter a lot of wildlife, including moose, mountain goats, and grizzly bears, but the smoke and flames of summer fires may thwart their vacation plans.  Will Dad be able to bike over Going-to-the-Sun Road in celebration of his fortieth birthday?

ISBN 978-0-7627-7964-2
96 pages, Published by FalconGuides

Book Cover: Going UndergroundGoing Underground: Mount Rushmore, Badlands, Wind Cave

Join the Parkers as they go underground at Wind Cave, experience severe thunderstorms in the Badlands, and witness poachers illegally taking fossilized bones.  What will happen when the family spots the criminals on the Presidential Trail at Mount Rushmore a few days later?

ISBN 978-0-7627-7968-0
96 pages, Published by FalconGuides


Book Cover: Harrowing Ascent of Half DomeHarrowing Ascent of Half Dome: Yosemite National Park

The Parkers hit the trail once again, this time in Yosemite, one of the country's most popular parks.  In Yosemite, James and Morgan take in the beauty of the sequoia trees, hike alongside waterfalls and even attempt an ascent of the cables.  Will they make it to the top of the infamous Half Dome?

ISBN  978-0-7627-7973-4
96 pages, Published by FalconGuides

"This adventure story is filled with interesting information about the parks, pictures, maps, and diagrams that help explain the landscape, climate, and topography of the area.  An appealing array of nature sketches and depictions of the Parkers in action also appears throughout."  Delia Carruthers, School Library Journal


Book Cover: In the Land of Standing RocksIn the Land of Standing Rocks: Arches and Canyonlands National Parks

In this adventure the Parkers journey to southeast Utah to see the "Land of Standing Rocks" and such prominent features as Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch, Park Avenue Skyline, the Needles, and much more.  They encounter mountain lions, a dive-bombing blue jay, and wicked desert weather along the way, but it's not until James makes a surprising discovery that they really connect with the region's colorful history.

ISBN  978-0-7627-7962-8
109 pages, Published by FalconGuides


Book Cover: Peril on Longs PeakPeril on Longs Peak: Rocky Mountain National Park

In the seventh book in the Adventure with the Parkers series, the family heads to Colorado to visit the high peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park.  When the snow clears, the parks many famous sights are on display: Trail Ridge Road, spectacular wildflowers, elk, waterfalls, and unique alpine tundra.  The family's big adventure?  A hike up Longs Peak, a Colorado "fourteener."  But afternoon storms begin to pelt the family during their training hikes, and they begin to question the wisdom of a nighttime summit ascent.

ISBN 978-0-7627-7970-3
96 pages, Published by FalconGuides


Book Cover: Ridge Runner RescueRidge Runner Rescue: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

With their great-grandfather's journal as their guide, Morgan and James head east to the most visited national park in the country: the Great Smoky Mountains.  The twins and their parents backpack twenty-six miles along the Appalachian Trail, learning the park's unusual history and experiencing its amazing diversity- spotting both the synchronized fireflies and the world's largest salamander.  But will the adventure end when Morgan comes down with a mysterious illness?

ISBN 978-0-7627-7966-6
96 pages, Published by FalconGuides

The following are links to reviews for Ridge Runner Rescue:
Review by Terri Schlichenmeyer
Review by Diane Chen


Book Cover: Tale of the ScorpionTale of the Scorpion: Grand Canyon National Park

The Parkers are back for another adventure in the Grand Canyon.  Morgan and James brave a steep twenty-one mile hike from rim to rim.  As they face heatstroke, exhaustion, and even a run-in with scorpions, they wonder, "Can we make the grueling climb to the top?"

ISBN 978-0-7627-7965-9
96 pages, Published by FalconGuides

"I have been talking about hiking the Grand Canyon with my 9 year old grandson. (His mom did the hike with me when she was nine) This book is great in it's detail about what adults and youngsters both see and experience when doing the hike. What children imagine the hike is like and what actually transpires are not exactly the same. It's not as easy as they imagine! But the rewards are worth the effort!" Amazon Book Review, C. Murphy

"This is a great book to entertain children while learning about America's National Parks. The family interaction within the book is loving and caring." Amazon Book Review, J.S. Sanford, Los Angeles, CA

"A fun book for older children or for parents to read to their younger children.  Great story, educational value, and visuals!"


Book Cover: The Eye of the GrizzlyThe Eye of the Grizzly: Yellowstone National Park

Join the Parkers as they explore the wonders of America's first national park, Yellowstone.  While in Yellowstone, Morgan and James marvel over the geysers, thermal pools, and the vast array of wildlife.  But when they come face to face with a grizzly, what will they do?

ISBN 978-0-7627-7972-7
96 pages, Published by FalconGuides

"The author came to visit our 8 year old's class (in Nevada) during Reading Week. Our son raved about the book being read, so we bought it. We found the book to be exciting and kept our son's attention all the way through. He enjoyed the descriptions about the animals and the national park. When he was finished, our son said he wanted to visit the park and all the national parks. (It doesn't get better than that!). We then bought all the other books in the series and read them all (Tail of the Scorpion (Grand Canyon), Harrowing Ascent up Half Dome (Yosemite), and Danger in the Narrows (Zion/Bryce). The books weave in themes about the environment, protecting the environment, and how people with disabilities use our parks. Highly recommend this series. We are waiting for the next one to come out!" Amazon Book Review, Barbara Buckley, Las Vegas, NV

"A dramatic family adventure through the only national park equal to its fame: Yellowstone.  Visiting burbling geysers and viewing wildlife galore create lots of things for the Parker twins to write about in their journals.  But it is their family backpack trip into the backcountry that brings them face to face with Mother Nature and the eyes of a grizzly bear.  Great writing by Mr. Graf put me on the edge of my seat." Marsha Holland, literacy coordinator, Garfield County Volunteer Center, Tropic, Utah


Book Cover: To the Top of the GrandTo the Top of the Grand: Grand Teton National Park

In this latest installment of FalconGuide's Adventures with the Parkers series, the Parkers journey to Grand Teton National Park. While there they see moose, grizzly bears, elk and other animals while hiking the Teton Crest Trail, one of the most beautiful backpacks in the country. But when the parents hire a guide and attempt to scale the Grand Teton, things get dicey in the extreme mountain environment. Will they make it safely to the top--and back down again?

ISBN 978-0-7627-8274-1
96 pages, Published by FalconGuides


Book Cover: Touch of the Tide Pool, Crack of the GlacierTouch of the Tide Pool, Crack of the Glacier: Olympic National Park

Join the Parkers as they journey to Olympic National Park in the Pacific Northwest, where they explore the tide pools along the coast, hike through Olympic's dense rain forest, and experience the famed alpine scenery and immense glaciers.  Treacherous mountain terrain could stop them in their tracks.  Could it prove to be ultimately too dangerous?

ISBN 978-0-7627-7969-7
96 pages, Published by FalconGuides


Additional Links:

Adventures with the Parkers Book Review: The Oregonian, by Terry Richard
FalconGuides will help young teens get the most from visits to national parks

Adventures with the Parkers Teachers Guide:
This Teacherís Guide is meant to give direction to teachers who want to use the Adventures with the Parkers books as part of their curriculum.

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