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Thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree has lived her entire life at Swamplandia!, her family’s island home and gator-wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades. But when illness fells Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, the family is plunged into chaos; her father withdraws, her sister falls in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, defects to a rival park called The World of Darkness.
As Ava sets out on a mission through the magical swamps to save them all, we are drawn into a lush and bravely imagined debut that takes us to the shimmering edge of reality.
From Publishers Weekly
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This book keeps the reader pinned to the pages from the first sentence. A fantastical engrossing tale of a family coming apart at the seams after the mothers death. The story is told through the eyes of the youngest girl, Ava an alligator wrestler. The background is swampy humid alligator and mosquito infested Florida where strange things happen. Add to it a slightly deranged older sister, a brother who is determined to help his dad out of his financial mess and you have a tale of a mother's love that keeps her children alive, siblings who go to great lengths for each other, adventure, craziness and Florida lore.
Couldn't get through the multi story stories
This is the first book I haven't finished in over 5 years. It's starts off well and then drags you into the underworld of boredom....
I had a hard time making it through this one!!!
- Category: Literary
- Published: Feb 01, 2011
- Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 416 Pages
- Language: English