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Posted January 30, 2011
Adventurous and Fun - Recommended
This adventure story has the flavor of "Huckleberry Finn," but with a modern twist. The fast paced action is fulfilling for a younger reader yet the story is thought provoking as the characters deal with some dark and tragic issues.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Eleven-year-old Sandy and his younger brother "Jungle Jack", who is knowledgeable about survival tactics from watching television, escape from their abusive father into Crocodile Swamp. These realistic characters are well developed as part of their adventure is internal. They struggle with the short-comings of their parents and the death of their youngest brother.
Their father has kidnapped the brothers from their neglectful mother in Philadelphia and has taken them to the Keys of southern Florida. The setting of this story is well described and plays an integral part of the story line. One can easily see that the author knows and loves this part of America. It is fun to read how Sandy and Jack fear, struggle against, learn about, and finally love the swamps of the Florida Keys in the person-against-nature aspect of the story.
The first-person point of view, which is that of Sandy, makes the adventures of the story even more exciting to the younger reader as they may feel the same apprehension, fear, discovery, and elation that Sandy felt.
Facing the short-comings of one's parents can be difficult for a young boy. But with understanding, forgiveness, and the love of a brother, a young person can become an honorable adult despite the perils of their youth.
Posted May 15, 2010
First book my reluctant-reader son ever wanted to read twice
My 12yo son hated to read, until we picked this up at the library. He read it through in one day. And he requested this book for a birthday present! I also read it, and found it a compelling adventure of two boys who are taken from their home by their angry dad after the loss of their younger brother and the disappearance of their mom. The book does not dwell on the unfortunate incidents, but I would say that it would be best for the over-10 crowd.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
It covers the adventures of the boys as they escape from their dad and hide out in a mangrove swamp. One of the brothers uses his knowledge of nature to help them navigate the dangers of the swamp. There are some good and kind folks who befriend them and help them. It does have a happy ending.
My son would love for Mr. Arnosky to write more novels!
Posted March 8, 2013
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