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Excerpt from Young-Adult Thriller Longleaf Now Available Online

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 he’ll find himself lost among the very longleaf pines that his parents hoped to study. Now Jason—and his new forest-smart friend Leah—will 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 girls—and 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 Alabama’s 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.