Eli and the Swamp Man

Eli and the Swamp Man

by Charlotte Watson Sherman, James E. Ransome
     
 

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When Eli asks his three best friends to run away to Alaska with him, each offers an excuse for staying home. Eli is determined to go anyway, for he wants to see his father who moved away three years earlier. His friends warn him he better watch out for the Swamp Man on his trip, but Eli is so mixed up he would rather risk danger than stay at home with his new…  See more details below

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When Eli asks his three best friends to run away to Alaska with him, each offers an excuse for staying home. Eli is determined to go anyway, for he wants to see his father who moved away three years earlier. His friends warn him he better watch out for the Swamp Man on his trip, but Eli is so mixed up he would rather risk danger than stay at home with his new stepfather.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
This is the story of a disturbed eight-year-old boy who dislikes his stepfather and cannot see that he is surrounded by friends and that his father, living in Alaska, cannot be a part of his life. He tries to run away to Alaska, but underestimates the distance from Seattle, believing he can make it by bike. A man who lives in the nearby swamp helps Eli learn that his life is not over because his father has left. Good reading for ages 8-12.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-5Eight-year-old Eli doesn't want anything to do with his stepfather, Ari. He misses his father, who now lives in Alaska with his new wife and baby, and convinces himself that he can ride his bike from Seattle to Alaska. One of his first challenges is to make it through the area where the Swamp Man lives. After a minor accident, the boy finds himself face to face with this mysterious stranger. As they talk, the child starts to realize how lucky he is to have a loving family and decides that his trip can wait for another day. Eli is very believable as he struggles with his memories of his absent father and refuses to accept his stepfather who tries to reach out to him. Other characters, such as his sister, his mother, and a friend's grandmother, are also effectively developed. Family discussions about a trip to New Orleans, where Ari will be participating in the Mardi Gras by "masking Indian" to thank those who helped the runaway slaves, are easily woven into the story. Although Eli's encounter with the Swamp Man is a stretch, it is still a possibility and does add some tension and suspense to this brief tale.Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060247232
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/01/1996
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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