TITLE: TEEN ECOFORCE : RHINO RESCUE
GENRE: Middle Grade
Three American teens are magically transported to Namibia where they meet up with a native teenager who takes them on a dangerous safari. This is their third confrontation with a rhino they've been tracking.
The rhino must have heard the noise coming from the car. It had turned and was jerking its head up and down, definitely not happy to see them again.
Dakata crunched the gears into reverse and backed up a little. The rhino took a few menacing steps forward. Dakata backed up a similar distance. The rhino moved forward again. It was like the rhino and the Land Rover were doing one of those lame, teenage slow dances.
“Should you be moving?” Ernest whispered to Dakata. “It makes it mad when you move doesn’t it?”
“I am quite sure it is already feeling anger,” Dakata said. “You people should have more kindness for each other. One only makes more trouble for oneself by failing to work as a team.”
“Sorry,” Tyler mumbled, feeling kind of guilty. Usually he didn’t care if he caused trouble, but now he was beginning to wonder if cooperating might be worth something. Trouble here didn’t earn a simple detention. No, trouble here had more serious consequences--like getting skewered by a rhino.
“What do you think it wants?” Tyler asked.
“I believe you can better answer that question than I.” Dakata gave him a meaningful look.
Tyler narrowed his eyes at the rhino. What exactly did it want from them?
But it didn’t wait for him to come up with an answer. It pawed the ground a few times then charged, a full frontal attack. Dakata floored the gas pedal, and the Land Rover took off in reverse.