The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp 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 Sw

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 S 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 fo

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  1. This book This book, this book, this book Friends, I have been wrestling with it since last spring, and I still don t know what the heck to do with it.All of my discerning friends love it Monica Edinger loves it Lisa Von Drasek loves it It s on the National Book Award shortlist.As for me I picked it up last March or so, got thirty pages in, and promptly threw it over the cubicle wall at Sam The folksy voice of the intrusive narrator was just nails on a chalkboard to me Sam agreed.But time went b [...]


  2. Wow Newbery Honor or not this will be on my next year s class reading list I see so much potential for metacognition and reading, writing, and research that I think teachers will love this I hope kid s do as well And that from only half way I ve had to read a couple of chapters aloud to the dog just to see how it feels, sounds as a read aloud I think this will be fun for discussion and although it was predictable, I liked that I m sure I missed many of the cultural references and humorous nods b [...]


  3. I m not going to finish this one I found it disjointed, slightly amusing and not that interesting As a librarian, I read these books always with the intended audience in mind To be honest, I m not sure what kind of kid would enjoy this The book uses some pretty advanced vocabulary but also feels sort of babyish Weird A MASS of characters abound and I think it would be hard for a child to pull all the threads in The real problem is that it just isn t a very compelling tale Bleh.


  4. 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 [...]


  5. After the darker tone of the author s previous two novels, this one is quite light while still feeling very much an Appelt with her signature folky and entertaining third person omniscient storyteller It is the tale of a swamp in peril of being paved over by a couple of nefarious meanies who made me think of Carl Hiaasen s, of a son and mother with a small cane sugar pie business threatened by those aforementioned meanies, some charming raccoon bros with quite an appreciation for art, snakes one [...]


  6. Richie s Picks THE TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP by Kathi Appelt, Atheneum, July 2013, 384p ISBN 978 1 4424 2105 9 Now the night was bright and the stars threw lightOn Billy and Davy dancin in the moonlight Bruce Springsteen, Spirit in the Night In that bright new moment of the night, Bingo had one thing on his mind, one singular sensation climb J miah had one thing on his mind too prevent Bingo from meeting the same fate as Great Uncle Banjo It was an unsettling thought, one that made him [...]


  7. I LOVED the audio of this book, narrated by Lyle Lovett It s so charming, poignant, and funny Lyle Lovett s voice was just perfect for the story I ve got a student reading it right now, and I can t wait to hear what she thinks I don t know if the actual reading of it will be as good as the audio, but I hope so Twelve year old Chap is missing his grandpa something awful, and he loves the swamp Bingo and J miah are raccoon brothers and new scouts of the Sugar Man Swamp, keeping watch from Chap s g [...]


  8. Kathi Appelt has an incredible ability to weave multiple story lines into a single narrative I enjoyed the light hearted tone and playful language of this book I plan to write a complete review for Nerdy Book Club closer to the release date.


  9. This review from Bookpage sums it all up The only thing I d add is how wonderful the audio version is, with Lyle Lovett narrating He s fantastic Gather round readers , and welcome to Sugar Man Swamp in the Texas bayou, home of an intriguing menagerie that includes raccoons, rattlesnakes, wildhogs the Farrow Gang , alligators, possums, an elusive ivory billed woodpecker and much King of this ecosystem is Sugar Man, a cousin of Bigfoot who stays hidden and sleeping, only emerging during a crisis [...]


  10. Not since The One and Only Ivan has a children s book with animals captured my heart the way that this one has Life is in an uproar in the Sugar Man Swamp because the rumblin is a comin The true blue raccoon scouts are keeping the peace and trying not to eat too many sweets, the rattlesnakes and possums and other critters are doing what they should be doing and young Chap is trying to become a man A rumblin starts and all the inhabitants of Sugar Man Swamp are eager to stop it An alligator wrest [...]


  11. Sigh I m gonna be that person again The one who just couldn t connect with a book that everyone else loved With the exception of Charlotte s Web and The One and Only Ivan, animal fantasy and me generally don t mesh well.


  12. Kathi Appelt s story, in short, is wacky, decently written, with a writing voice I d never heard before and disappointing The beginning is well told The characters well developed from the moment I began reading about Bingo and J miah, Chap and his mum and Grandpa Audie, among the numerous imaginative others, I was able to glean their character their quirks, fears etc Kathi does a good job layering in their personalities and struggles without _telling_ us, for the most part Additionally, there ar [...]


  13. I had some real problems with this book.All the repetition got real annoying The coffee was hot, hot, hot, bitter, bitter, bitter at least eight times throughout the story Several characters kept bringing up A boat load of cash blah blah blah The rattlesnakes all went Snip snap zip zap again and again and again and again I GOT IT Enough The main character is twelve years old and has just lost his beloved grandfather He s working very hard theoretically to help his mom run their business so they [...]


  14. The asides to the reader were interesting I thought that twee style in juvenile fiction went out of fashion over a century ago except for Kipling s O Best Beloved I wouldn t mind if Appelt brought it back except that sometimes her slang was a little too contemporary I mean to say Well, sports fans, is going to go stale pretty darn soon now.The ending is implausible, even given fully sentient raccoons etc view spoiler I truly do not believe Sonny Boy and Jaeger would have given up nearly that eas [...]


  15. I thought this was an adorable story but I am not sure I agree with some of the readers on that it deserves to be a Newberry contender While I thought the story was cute, if a bit fantastical, I found there was a disconnect between the story, its intended audience and the language used No foul language, just really big words, some of which even I had to look up Also, while I enjoy the occasional talking animals I found this to be written kind of tongue in cheeky and sarcastically, which is great [...]


  16. The writing is superb The story is so well constructed The reader continually wonders how the cast of widely diverse characters will come together to save the swamp Chap Braeburn who runs the local pie shop with his mom, his deceased grandpa s lost in the swamp 1949 Desoto which is information headquarters for our raccoon scouts Bingo J miah, Sugar Man, the local cryptic, rattlers protecting the precious sugar cane, Sony Boy Beaucoup who is willing to sell off the swamp for an alligator wrestlin [...]


  17. A cute story of family, bravery and doing what is right Short chapters make this a great read aloud 3rd 6th Audio note The narration by Lyle Lovett was excellent His smooth, almost sleepy, voice added much to the Bayou setting.



  18. A sweet story full of love, humor, and adventure, with a poignant lesson about the environment and The preservation of nature The familial bonds between the raccoon brothers, J miah and Bingo, and between 12 year old Chap Brayburn and his late grandfather Audie are what power the storyline I m told that the audio version is a must listen My daughter and I both enjoyed this tremendously she s read it twice.


  19. Last October, I attended this year s Bank Street Book Fest It was, to say the least, a literary star studded event and I had a wonderful time During the day, we had breakout discussion sessions and out of the 10 group choices, I chose Mini Mock Newbery, led by Amy Sears from the Teaneck Public Library Amy chose 5 books for a Newbery discussion There were Doll Bones by Holly Black, P.S Be Eleven by Rita Williams Garcia, Courage Has No Color, the True Story of the Triple Nickles America s First Bl [...]


  20. Eight years old was one of the best years of my life I was the oldest of my siblings authority and I had just begun homeschooling That meant I could read anything I wanted within the checkout limits at our local library while my mother taught my little brother the basics All the same, I loved it when she read aloud to all of us in the mornings, and I couldn t get enough of animal stories I adored Jim Kjelgaard s Big Red, Wilson Rawls Where the Red Fern Grows and anything Marguerite Henry I d beg [...]


  21. I can safely say that I am not the person to review The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp I disliked it intensely, but it s hard for me to figure out how much of that is the result of failures on the part of the book itself, and how much of it is simply because the book is built of tropes, settings, and characters that don t do anything at all for me I will try to separate the two, but I feel like it would be unfair of me not to state my conundrum up front.The plot involves a pair of raccoons [...]


  22. The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt is a tall tale of the South Texas bayou about twelve year old Chap Brayburn, the ancient Sugar Man, and the raccoon brothers Swamp Scouts Bingo and J miah, all trying to save Bayou Tourterelle from feral pigs Clydine and Buzzie, greedy Sonny Boy Beaucoup, and world class alligator wrestler and would be land developer Jaeger Stitch.Kathi Appelt is back with a story featuring outrageous, engaging characters, talking animals, lots of humor, ec [...]


  23. Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.I have said it before I don t love animal stories I was pretty excited about The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt despite that, and not only because I heard wonderful things about it from others No It was because of the raccoons on the cover See, I ve always had a thing for raccoons They were my favorite animal growing up They began my love with rascally thieves really And this book features a pair of adorable rascally [...]


  24. This book would probably please both those who loved The Underneath and those who didn t It is told in a fun folksy way with short chapters that make for quick reading Like in The Underneath she switches between the animal and human world effortlessly She still has a little of Steinbeck s tone but, a much friendly kid style The author also supports the length of the book by have a big cast and lots of action She also breaks down the book into parts such as first night which is also helpful The s [...]


  25. The main character, a serious, determined 12 year year old, Chap grieving for his grandfather is an earnest foil to the many layers of humour.This is a story of caring for the environment, beating the developer and the triumph of ordinary folks In that it has quite a similarity to Carl Hiaasen s books Where it differs is in the rhythm and playfulness of the language, the richness and extended vocabulary and in the mythical creature Sugar Man He and the wily raccoons the scouts and the fierce rat [...]


  26. Double points for this amazing tale of derring do and attention to duty in an amazing ecological environment, a bayou full of ancient old cypress trees, alligators, true blue scouts of the raccoon variety, and maybe, just maybe, the ivory billed woodpecker Do you remember the stir created a while back when it was thought that an ivory bill might have been sighted in Arkansas If only Then there s Chap Brayburn, who loves the Sugar Man Swamp almost as much as he loved his Grandpa, and the dastardl [...]


  27. Two little raccoon brothers take their roles as Scout Swamps very seriously, watching over the Sugar Man Swamp and ready to awaken the guardian Sugar Man when danger is imminent Chap and his mother run a cafe where they serve sugar pies made from the sugarcane that grows on their doorstep Chap is still grieving from the recent death of his beloved grandfather, Audie, whom he strove to imitate in all things And the official owner of the swamp is raising the rent on the cafe so that he can chase o [...]


  28. I will be the first to admit that animal stories are not usually my first choice in reading Except when it comes to books by Kathi Appelt Her gift with the language of southeast Texas, and her ability to humanize her animal characters while maintaining a clear sense of their unique species characteristics, make books like Scoutsor her Newbery Honor Book, The Underneath, shimmer with literary magic Appelt s down home storytelling, with its winks and nods to the reader, absolutely begs to be read [...]


  29. Only 2 1 2 months or so of 2013 and I have so many books I still want to read I look at blogs and lists for what are considered the best I also have to think what will appeal to kids for the Maine Student Book Award and what is on the list of nominees for the Cybils This is one book that has been on some best lists I checked it out of my local library before I started getting Cybils nominees so I felt like I needed to finish it first.I am not always a fan of the animal fantasy so I had to really [...]


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