Marino Mission / Mayan Mission
“One Girl. One Mission. One Thousand Words.” Kids will hardly know they are studying 1000 vocabulary words for the SAT exam! Marino Mission is a story about Alexa whose parents are separating. They are both science professors. While Dad has a solid career at Cornell, Mom is an unemployed marine biologist. Alexa ends up going with her Mom for the summer to a marina in Nicaragua. Her adventures with a special dolphin (indicated by a tattoo on the book’s cover) and a local boy named Jose lead to a mystery on an island. Mayan Mission catches up with Alexa and Jose at the ruins of an ancient Mayan temple. They uncover a scheme to sell priceless artifacts on the black market in this fast-paced adventure.