By Kathi Appelt
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013
I have a confession - I judge books by their covers. (And reviews, but covers, too.) Based on this cover, I wouldn't have read this one on my own. However, it was a part of the Newbery book group on Goodreads and was highly recommended, so I gave it a chance even though it was out of my comfort zone. It was fun to break the mold and find something different. I liked all of the different perspectives and the author's playful way of telling the story. The fun, original story and short chapters made me finish this in record time. It would be good for read-alouds according to Goodreads, and I totally agree!
Also, now I want a pet raccoon to be a scout for me.
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…