The 4th book of this award-winning national park series, begins with a jolt of hair raising adventure from page one with a raft excursion along the Colorado River, as you follow along with Tommy (trail name, Bubba Jones), Jenny (trail name-Hug-a-bug), and their grandfather as they travel back in time to witness Major John Wesley Powel’s 1869 death defying, first ever, water expedition through Grand Canyon. You heard that right, “time travel.” This family has the ability to go back in time and they use these magical powers to learn cool facts about each park they explore as they solve mysteries. The adventure tempo continues as they return to the present and are whisked away in a helicopter. The pilot is a relative who briefs Bubba Jones & Hug-a-Bug on their mission to find a very special (magical) telescope lens before it falls into the wrong hands. The Jones family has relatives all across the U.S. with a mission to preserve and protect our natural wildlands using their magical time travel powers.
The Jones family sets off on an adventure to solve this mystery and along the way they discover how amazing Grand Canyon National Park really is.They ride the historical Grand Canyon Railway into the park and time travel back to meet President Theodore Roosevelt and Buckey O’Neal; both legendary early advocates to preserve Grand Canyon for future generations.They explore the South Rim including, Desert View Watch Tower, the Tusayan Ruins, Lookout Studio, the Hopi House, Kolb Studio, the Yavapai Geologic Museum and more. They time travel back and meet Mary Colter, the architect that designed most of the park buildings in the 1930’s.They hike down to Phantom Ranch for the night; some by mule others by foot.They visit Havasupai Falls.The family explores Grand Canyon by bike, mule, foot, bus, helicopter raft, & train.They’re awestruck by the California Condor, deer mule, desert bighorn sheep, ringtail, desert scrub, Ponderosa Pine and many other plants and animals that carve out a living in Grand Canyon.They learn about the Ancestral Puebloan People and Native Americans that call Grand Canyon home. They travel back in time and swim in an ancient ocean and witness the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructing the park.They learn all about the geological features of Grand Canyon and how it was formed. The Jones adventures include classic Ranger Talks, Junior Ranger Programs and Hannah Tuohy’s illustrations in each chapter brings the excitement to life. In the end, they solve the telescope lens mystery and they discover why Grand Canyon is one of the seven wonders of the world. They also realize how “Grand” Grand Canyon is.
The Adventures of Bubba Jones is jam packed with fun family activities that can serve as your “insiders guide” for your own Grand Canyon adventure. As Jeff Alt wrote this book, he explored Grand Canyon National Park and collaborated with park officials and experts in order to include accurate park facts and the most highly recommended family friendly Grand Canyon activities; and yes, you can go back in time buy taking a stroll on the Trail of Time Walk on the south rim. Everything the Jones family does on their Grand Canyon adventure are highlighted on the map in the back of this book to help you plan your trip. The Curriculum Guide & Discussion Questions are a bonus for educators.
"The fourth book in this great award-winning National Park series brings yet more of the excitement, adventures, and history we've come to enjoy. Time travel, secret codes, passwords, and discoveries are unraveled first hand by Bubba Jones and his sister Hug-a-Bug. Traveling through time, they experience the wonders, dangers, and people that forged the world as we know it today. Truly a great story that will teach with enthusiasm. Sure to hold interest with its easy conversational tone. It draws and engages the reader." —Story Monsters Ink
“…This is a book that drums up awe and fascination, fuels dreams
of a Grand Canyon hike one day, and inspires young audiences to keep reading.”
— Svea Conrad, Arizona Daily Sun