The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

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Meet Bingo and J'miah, raccoon brothers on a mission to save Sugar Man Swamp in this 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 National Book Award finalist 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.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2013
ISBN: 9781442421059
Branch Call Number: J APP
Characteristics: 326 p. ;,22 cm

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martine6
Jan 17, 2017

Appelt's voice flows as she tells us the story of the Scouts of the Sugar Man Swamp and how they saved the land from most certain destruction. I would love to read this book to a classroom full of kids. It's such a fun story peppered with great environmental information!

TSCPL_jjeck Apr 13, 2016

I loved the characters in this book, the language and the way it seamlessly jumped from one character's point of view to another's. The short chapters made for a quick , easy read. The descriptive language made me feel I was right in the swamp with them. Great book!

violet_giraffe_247 Jul 06, 2014

This book was recommended by my 9 year old Brother. It is a super cute Book about Raccoon Brothers Bingo And J'miah try to save Bayou Torterelle from feral pigs. I even recommend this book to you

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

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Raccoon brothers Bingo and J’miah are facing a heap o’ trouble. It’s up to them to wake up the mythical Sugar Man and save the swamp from wild hogs and gator wrestling arenas. The problem? No one knows where he is.

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Raccoon brothers Bingo and J’miah are facing a heap o’ trouble. It’s up to them to wake up the mythical Sugar Man and save the swamp from wild hogs and gator wrestling arenas. The problem? No one knows where he is.

This is a wonderful, rambling tall tale of a story. I'm listening to the audiobook version, and am loving Lyle Lovett's East Texas drawl and occasional coyote howls. Would make a fantastic family read alound. By Alison (who wants to talk like a Texan)

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BarbLB
Nov 25, 2013

It took me a while to get into this book, but Kathi Appelt really gives her characters voice and her description of the swamp made me believe I was there. I most enjoyed her rich and fun use of language such as, "One. Pie. All. Alone. On. The. Front. Seat." and "People were pooped, kaput, sacked out..." .

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.

m2 Sep 29, 2013

You haven't lived until you've heard Lyle Lovett (THAT Lyle Lovett!) reading The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt (2013) on CD! Meet racoons Bingo and J'Miah (the true blue scouts) and 12 year old Chap Brayburn, the only creatures standing between the swamp and ecological disaster! Newbery maybe?

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Jul 02, 2014

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…

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