Book 29: DOWN AND OUT DOWN UNDER
Geronimo's crush, television reporter Petunia Pretty Paws, and her brother Wolfie persuade Geronimo to travel with them to Australia where they will work on a documentary to protect the land and animals. Unfortunately (gulp!) they mention upfront that there may be bungee jumping and skydiving in afraid-to-fly Geronimo's immediate future.
Before they leave, Petunia and Wolfie outfit Geronimo with contact lenses (since you can't bungee jump or skydive in glasses). The contacts come in handy as soon as Geronimo and his friends land in Sydney, Australia, where Wolfie insists Geronimo go surfing with him! He actually survives (and enjoys) hanging ten, which encourages him to dive right into his next athletic aquatic adventure: swimming with dolphins.
When the three adventurers drive through Australia's desert, Aborigines Wangara and Wani travel with them. As they ride through the bush, the travelers see exotic plants and birds. Geronimo gets kicked by a kangaroo and punctured by an echidna, an animal with sharp quills. A giant bird called an emu attacks him, and he gets up close and personal with an incredibly poisonous snake. But that is just the beginning of Geronimo's trials. Soon he finds himself alone and lost in the huge Australian outback. Does Geronimo have what it takes to survive on his own?
In DOWN AND OUT DOWN UNDER, we not only get to enjoy Geronimo's outback adventures but also learn all about jet lag and why people need glasses, as well as many fascinating facts about the continent of Australia.