Ronald Zupan is a daring master adventurer! But he actually hasn’t experienced any grand adventures . . . YET! When his world-traveling parents are kidnapped on his twelfth birthday, Ronald seizes the chance to prove himself with a dazzling, danger-defying rescue operation. Teaming up with his trusty butler Jeeves, his quick-witted fencing nemesis Julianne Sato, and his pet cobra, Carter, Ronald sets course for the jungle of Borneo where his parents were last sighted. But as their journey becomes more and more dangerous, can Ronald and his companions muster enough courage to see this adventure through?
“Ronald, we have a problem,” Jeeves said in a faint voice. “I noticed.” “Another one.” The words seemed to stick in Julianne’s throat. “Bigger.” The leopard breathed through his nose. Every muscle on his body stood out, pulsing with energy. “Bigger than an angry leopard?” I asked. “There’s a hole in the ground,” she replied, “and it’s too wide to run around.” I risked looking over my shoulder. We’d come to a gaping split in the jungle floor. “This is bad,” I said. “Horrible,” Julianne agreed. “Catastrophic,” Jeeves added. The leopard angled his head, glowered at me and slowly paced toward us—pushing me back against my friends and pushing them closer to the edge of the giant, inky sinkhole. He had us cornered and he knew it.
—from The Danger Gang and the Pirates of Borneo!
STEPHEN BRAMUCCI is an award-winning travel writer and adventurer. He’s rowed down the Mekong Delta, crossed the Australian outback in a car powered by French fry oil, and explored ancient pirate islands in Madagascar. A lifelong animal lover, Stephen’s encounters with endangered species often come up in his classroom presentations. He lives in Los Angeles, California.