The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp


The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp,

by Kathi Appelt, Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2013)

For ages 8+, 327 pages (hardback)

“Rumble-rumble-rumble-rumble…Buzzie and Clydine’s gang of feral hogs is thundering toward Bayou Tourterelle. Yellow eyes gleaming and tusks glowing, they’re delirious at the prospect of the swamp’s wild sugarcane. But raccoon Swamp Scouts Bingo and J’miah are ready. They’ll even go so far as to attempt to awaken the legendary Sugar Man and risk stirring up his wrath, if necessary. There’s a human drama unfolding, too, as twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn and his mother hope to save their beloved swamp from the clutches of Sonny Boy Beaucoup, who intends to turn it into a theme park. Appelt’s folksy tall tale … busily weaves a multitude of oddball characters — and more than a touch of magic — into the fabric of bayou life. Appelt fans will enjoy this romp in the swamp and will stay with it to see if predatory pigs and dastardly developers will prevail over the kindly swamp denizens. dean schneider” (Horn Book Starred Review, 2014)

Kathi Appelt is a prolific writer. That means she writes a lot of books! You can check this book out from The Winston School Library. You can also check out her website to see if there are other books you’re interested in reading.