The True Blue Scouts of Sugarman Swamp

The True Blue Scouts of Sugarman Swamp

Pre-loaded Audiobook - 2013
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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.
Publisher: [Solon, Ohio] : Findaway World, LLC ; Prince Frederick, MD : [Distributed exclusively by] Recorded Books, LLC, [2013], p2013
ISBN: 9781470385187
147038518X
Branch Call Number: DA j APP NVD
Characteristics: 1 sound media player (5 hr., 45 min.) : digital, HD audio ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in

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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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