The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt

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Librarians often say that every book is not for every child, but “The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp” is.
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Synopsis

“Librarians often say that every book is not for every child, but The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp is” (The New York Times). Meet Bingo and J’miah, raccoon brothers on a mission to save Sugar Man Swamp in this rollicking tale and National Book Award Finalist from Newbery Honoree Kathi Appelt.

Raccoon brothers Bingo and J’miah are the newest recruits of the Official Sugar Man Swamp Scouts. The opportunity to serve the Sugar Man—the massive creature who delights in delicious sugar cane and magnanimously rules over the swamp—is an honor, and also a big responsibility, since the rest of the swamp critters rely heavily on the intel of these hardworking Scouts.

Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn is not a member of any such organization. But he loves the swamp something fierce, and he’ll do anything to help protect it.

And help is surely needed, because world-class alligator wrestler Jaeger Stitch wants to turn Sugar Man swamp into an Alligator World Wrestling Arena and Theme Park, and the troubles don’t end there. There is also a gang of wild feral hogs on the march, headed straight toward them all.

The Scouts are ready. All they have to do is wake up the Sugar Man. Problem is, no one’s been able to wake that fellow up in a decade or four…

Newbery Honoree and Kathi Appelt’s story of care and conservation has received five starred reviews, was selected as a National Book Award finalist, and is funny as all get out and ripe for reading aloud.
 

About Kathi Appelt

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Kathi Appelt is the author of the Newbery Honor-winning, National Book Award finalist, PEN USA Literary Award-winning, and bestselling The Underneath as well as the highly acclaimed novel Keeper, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, and many picture books. She is a member of the faculty at Vermont College’s Master of Fine Arts program. She has two grown children, lives in Texas with her husband, and once helped her grandma raise a baby raccoon.
 
Published July 23, 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 337 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 5 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 1

NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Lisa Von Drasek on Jul 12 2013

Librarians often say that every book is not for every child, but “The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp” is.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on May 20 2013

The book’s folksy narrative adds brightness and humor to the story as Appelt explores the swamp’s rich history, varied denizens...while there’s little doubt who will emerge victorious, finding out how events unfurl is well worth the read.

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Kirkus

Excellent
on Apr 14 2013

In a honeyed dialect, the omnipresent narrator directly engages readers, ricocheting between the hilarious human and critter dramas to a riotous finale.

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Common Sense Media

Above average
on Jul 30 2013

Kathi Appelt tells this conservation-focused story in short chapters and a folksy style...as the book begins in cute fits and starts, it will take readers a good 30 to 40 pages to understand who all the characters are and what the main plot is.

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KidsReads

Good
Reviewed by Norah Piehl on Jun 04 2013

Appelt's folksy narration is a good match for her subject matter and setting, and the novel successfully anthropomorphizes its animal characters...while remaining true to their natural characteristics.

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