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The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

Appelt, Kathi

ISBN 10: 1442421053 / ISBN 13: 9781442421059
Verlag: Atheneum, 2013
Gebraucht Zustand: Fine Hardcover
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Signed and dated on the title page by the author, Kathi Appelt. National Book Finalist for Young Adult. New/unread US first edition, first printing. Kathi Appelt also added, "Keep your nose in the air!" Included with the purchase is a promotional membership card for the book. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 016652

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Titel: The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

Verlag: Atheneum

Erscheinungsdatum: 2013

Einband: Hard Cover


Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Fine

Signiert: Signed by Author

Auflage: First Edition.

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"Kathi Appelt's prose rolls like swamp mist and molasses. A sweet and tangy American classic."--Peter H. Reynolds, creator of The Dot and illustrator of Someday

"Appelt 'nailed it.' She has weaved a delightful yarn with a cast of affable characters and somehow manages to make a rusted 1949 DeSoto in a Louisiana swamp a cozy home for two raccoon scouts--absolutely charming."--Harry Bliss, New Yorker illustrator and illustrator of Diary of a Worm

Some books for young readers perfectly capture childhood in a particular time and place.

A trackless swamp of "stinging pricker vines and high-pitched clouds of mosquitoes" could be a fetid place of malevolence and loss, as it was in Kathi Appelt's acclaimed 2008 novel, "The Underneath." But in her new book for young readers, "The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp" (Atheneum, 326 pages, $16.99), the same setting is shot through with rollicking good humor.

The scouts of the title are scrappy young raccoons, Bingo and J'miah, whose job it is to keep watch for a snoozing sasquatch called the Sugar Man and his gigantic pet rattlesnake, Gertrude. On the edge of the bayou, meanwhile, lives a 12-year-old named Chap who has been shrouded in "a big cloud of lonesome" since the death of his grandfather.

As the story opens, the boy is frantic to find a way to save his mother's cafe (specialty: fried sugar pies) from the rapacity of a female gator-wrestler and a bow-tied real-estate developer whose own grandfather--stay with me here--long ago signed a treaty in blood with the Sugar Man himself.

Bearing down on this colorful array of personalities is the Farrow Gang, a family of feral hogs that enjoys nothing so much as to crush and destroy. Feral hogs, the genial omniscient narrator explains, "usually travel in family groups called sounders. Isn't that a great word? 'Sounders'? We just love that. But do we love . . . the Farrow Gang? Friends, there is nothing to love there. Nothing." Ms. Appelt has a genius for causing disparate narrative elements to cohere suddenly and movingly, and her talent is on full display in this zestful romp for 8- to 12-year-olds.--Wall Street Journal, July 19th "Wall Street Journal "

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