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This irresistible tale begs to be read aloud! It unfolds as a play with delightful characters whose traits bubble to the surface during the worst of times, revealing true colors — raccoon brothers who keep their Scout pact, find courage in the face of grave danger (though a weakness for sweet, sugary pies nearly derails their plan) and bravely see a mission through for the greater good; Chap, still grieving the death of his Grandfather, chooses bravery and perseverance when it seems all hope to protect the swamp is lost (although a rattlesnake lullaby proves quite useful); and Sonny Boy Beaucoup along with his client Jaeger Stitch take center stage, showing how greed can be just plain ugly. Wild-pig earth tremors, lightning flashes, and "blinkle" stars paint expressive mood pictures, colorfully punctuated with strokes of tall-tale whim and refreshing wisdom. A rich, delightful read.
Publisher Summary
"Librarians often say that every book is not for every child, but The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swampis" (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.

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.
 
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