Wednesday, September 20th, 2006 by

An excerpt of Longleaf, Junebug Books’ thrilling new young adult mystery by Discovering Alabama‘s Roger Reid, is now online. Read the excerpt at

When 14-year-old Jason Caldwell goes camping with his scientist parents in Longleaf, all he expects is peace and quiet. But before they arrive, Jason has already been the witness to a crime, and soon hell find himself lost among the very longleaf pines that his parents hoped to study. Now Jasonand his new forest-smart friend Leahwill have to use all their knowledge of the outdoors to outwit a trio of villains and make it home safe. Set in the real-life Conecuh National Forest, Longleaf is a thrilling adventure for boys and girlsand an excellent introduction to the plants and animals of the Conecuh region.

Roger Reid is a writer, director, and producer of the award-winning Discovering Alabama series from the University of Alabamas Alabama Museum of Natural History, in cooperation with Alabama Public Television.

Longleaf will be available for pre-order soon from NewSouth Books and other online and local book retailers.