Florida’s St. Augustine – Setting for Teen Books

October 15, 2013

Trilogy Graphic - blog

The St. Augustine Trilogy – Young Adult series – paranormal & historical – reading classroom use.

These books make the most out  the location in the United States to place readers in the most interesting and vivid setting possible. St. Augustine, as America’s oldest and most haunted city, fits this description perfectly. Listed below are the specific sites in the city and nearby areas portrayed in the plots of each book.

Castillo - bay side

The Castillo de San Marcos

This posting is intended mostly for secondary level reading and language arts teachers who are using, or are considering using, The St. Augustine Trilogy in their classrooms. At the end of the article are helpful links to point those teachers in additional directions.

Book I, Sliding Beneath the Surface

• The old Spanish fort, the Castillo de San Marcos

• The Abbot Tract neighborhood

St. Augustine Cathedral and Bell Tower - blog

The St. Augustine Cathedral Bassilica

• The St. Augustine Cathedral

• The Bridge of Lions

• Florida’s National Guard Headquarters

• The St. Augustine National Cemetery

• The historic Seminole Wars pyramids in the St. Augustine National Cemetery

• The Athena Restaurant

• Constitution Plaza

• St. George Street

• Matanzas Bay

• Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum

• The St. John’s County Public Library

• The Santa Maria Restaurant

Athena Rest.• The City Gate

Book II, Stepping Off a Cliff

• The Vilano Beach Bridge

• Potter’s Wax Museum

• Flagler College ( The former Ponce de Leon Hotel)

• St. Augustine City Hall and the Lightner Museum (The former Hotel Alcazar)

Bridge of Lions 4.1

The Bridge of Lions

• The St. Augustine Historical Society’s Research Library

• San Marco Avenue and its stores

• Matanzas Bay and the Matanzas River

• The St. Augustine Inlet

• The Castillo de San Marcos

• Government House

Civil Rights Workers 5

The Civil Right memorial in Constitution Plaza

• Maria Sanchez Creek and Lake

Book III, Targeting Orion’s Children

• The St. Augustine Lighthouse

• The Castillo de San Marcos

• Gypsy Cab Company Restaurant

• The Civil Rights memorial in Constitution Plaza

• Matanzas Bay and the Matanzas River

Flagler College 2• The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park

• Fort Mose Park (location of the former African American fort)

• The Oldest House Museum

• St. George Street

• The City Gate

• The old city fortifications beyond the Castillo

King Street 2

King Street viewed from Flagler College

• The Atlantic Ocean freshwater boil near Crescent Beach, Florida

OK, there you have it. Below, as promised, are some links other informational blog posts that you might find useful:


Click here for “A Book Series for the Reading Classroom.”


The St. Augustine Lighthouse


Click here for the details on the first high school reading program to use a class set of books in the classroom.

Click here to see the historic events featured in each book.

Click here for more information about Book I, Sliding Beneath the Surface.

Matanzas Bay

Matanzas Bay Looking at downtown St. Augustine

Click here to see review of Book I on Amazon.com.

Click here for more information about Book II, Stepping Off a Cliff.

Click here for more information about Book III, Targeting Orion’s Children.


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