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For generations, Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Books have brought the exotic locale of India to readers on the other side of the world. But far from its tropical setting, Kipling's creation first began when he was newly installed in a quiet corner of Vermont, designing his dream house. Mixing fact with fiction, Vinton describes a Kipling who tends to his pregnant wife and journeys to town for supplies, his presence causing a bit of a stir. Even his stoic neighbors, the Connollys, can't help but wonder about the Kiplings and their uppity ways. Eleven-year-old Joe Connolly feels curiously drawn to the eccentric writer and eagerly anticipates regular updates on the adventures of Mowgli, which Kipling shares with him at their sporadic meetings. But Joe's father is suspicious and resentful of his son's new companion, and his mother feels removed from the strange world Joe is learning to relish.
A work rich in imagination and history, The Jungle Law also brings to life Kipling's early years in Bombay and his growing fame in England, illuminating his struggle to write and the isolation he felt though surrounded by family. Through these difficulties, however, new stories took root -- stories that represent a new world for Joe and threaten to divide his family. Crafted with grace and intelligence, The Jungle Law is a remarkable novel about the potential -- and consequences -- of imagination. (Holiday 2005 Selection)