The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

Audiobook CD - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn, ancient Sugar Man, and his raccoon-brother Swamp Scouts Bingo and J'miah try to save Bayou Tourterelle from feral pigs Clydine and Buzzie, greedy Sunny Boy Beaucoup, and world-class alligator wrestler and would-be land developer Jaeger Stitch.

Baker
& Taylor

Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn, ancient Sugar Man, and his raccoon-brother Swamp Scouts Bingo and J'miah try to save Bayou Tourterelle from feral pigs Clydine and Buzzie, greedy Sunny Boy Beaucoup and world-class alligator wrestler and would-be land developer Jaeger Stitch. By the Newbery Honor-winning author of The Underneath. Simultaneous.

Simon and Schuster
Meet Bingo and J’miah, raccoon brothers on a mission to save Sugar Man Swamp in this tale 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 National Book Award finalist Kathi Appelt presents a story of care and conservation, funny as all get out and ripe for reading aloud.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, [2013]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ℗2013
ISBN: 9781442366121
1442366125
Branch Call Number: J COMP DISC FICTION APPEL...K
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (360 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
digital,1.4 m/s,mono
Additional Contributors: Lovett, Lyle
Notes: Duration: 6:00:00

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AL_CODY Apr 22, 2017

An adorable story about humans and animals working to save the swamp they all call home. A great mix of realism and mysticism. The Sugar Man is the guardian of the swamp who sleeps until he is needed and it is the job of the scouts to wake him. I listened to this book and Lyle Lovett's voice was the perfect touch for this folksy tale.

JCLChrisK Sep 30, 2013

I'm sure Kathi Appelt is an excellent storyteller, but I just can't see it. While I enjoy her themes and plot elements, something about her folksy-cutesy narrative voice--and the way it shapes her unveiling of the plot--just grates on me to no end; her south Texas charm makes this Midwestern boy feel like an alien Yankee as far removed from her appeal as possible, and I have a hard time seeing past my annoyance with the surface telling to appreciate the underlying story. Still, I found this one much more palatable than The Underneath (with which this shares many similarities), Lyle Lovett's animated audiobook narration helped me imagine it was his tale and not hers, and her voice only occasionally intruded on a story I otherwise enjoyed. It wasn't my favorite, but I'll happily recommend it to others.
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At heart, this book is an ode to the swamps of southeast Texas and those who dwell there. It weaves together many strands--a host of the plants and creatures who thrive there, both friendly and invasive; generations of humans, both friendly and invasive; commerce and industry; and the myths and legends of the swamp--into a climactic convergence that both is outlandish and makes perfect sense.

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