- 2016 INDIES Finalist
- Finalist, Juvenile Fiction (Children's)
Twelve-year-old Gus, spooked by storms and still mourning his older brother's death, dreads spending the summer with his Aunt Willie on a Florida wildlife refuge. But soon he's drawn into a hunt for pirate treasure and an attempt to save wild animals—including an elusive panther—from local poachers. With the help of a feisty girl and a zany sculptor, Gus regains his courage and a sense of his place in the world.