The Tale of The Swamp Rat by Carter Crocker

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Ossie is the runt of his litter, and so shy that he's never spoken a word! When he's wounded and left orphaned by a snake attack, it looks like the end. But Ossie finds an unexpected friend: Uncle Will, the old gator who is a legend in the swamp. Surprisingly, Will adopts the little rat and takes him all around their world, teaching him the swamp's lore, and introducing him to its colorful residents and its rich stories. But even Will can't do anything about the terrible drought that's drying up the swamp-nor about Bubba, a crabby old stork who decides Ossie is the perfect scapegoat for their troubles. In the end, Ossie has to do what his father always told him he'd have to do: find his own way.

This first novel is reminiscent of some of the classic animal stories of all time: The Wind in the Willows, Watership Down, The Yearling. Perfect for reading aloud, it has the potential to become a real crossover classic.
 

About Carter Crocker

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Carter Crocker was born and raised in Alabama, but not in a swamp. He moved west to pursue a career as a television writer, and has won two Emmys and a Humanitas Award for his work in children's animation. Carter Crocker now lives in Ojai, California, with his wife, LuAnne, and their two daughters, Carlyanne and Claire
 
Published September 15, 2003 by Philomel. 240 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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"In this debut novel, populated with a cast of charming creatures, the stage may be relatively small—the Great Swamp in an unnamed location in America—but Crocker paints it with deeply developed mythologies and folklore," according to PW .

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"Takes a lot of little pieces to make up this big world," says the wise alligator Uncle Will (purportedly "twenty-five feet long, nose to tail" and 600 years old) to young rat Ossie in this debut novel, populated with a cast of charming creatures.

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