Swamp: Bayou Teche, Louisiana, 1851

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Bayou Teche, 1851
No one in Lily LeGrand's Cajun community is willing to help search for Paul Courville, missing in the bayou along with his mean-spirited older brothers, William and Mark. Why should they? Paul's wealthy plantation-owner father has made no secret of his disdain for Cajuns like Lily's family. But Paul has always been kind to Lily, defending her against his brothers' merciless taunts and humiliating pranks — and Lily refuses to ...

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Overview

Bayou Teche, 1851
No one in Lily LeGrand's Cajun community is willing to help search for Paul Courville, missing in the bayou along with his mean-spirited older brothers, William and Mark. Why should they? Paul's wealthy plantation-owner father has made no secret of his disdain for Cajuns like Lily's family. But Paul has always been kind to Lily, defending her against his brothers' merciless taunts and humiliating pranks — and Lily refuses to turn her back on him when his life is in danger.
On her own in the maze of the snake- and alligator-infested bayou, Lily knows she has more to fear than her father's wrath. Her treacherous journey will test both her knowledge of the swamp and her courage. Can she find Paul in time?

In 1851 in Louisiana, Paul is abandoned in the bayous by his older brothers and it is up to his lame Cajun friend Lily to find him.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Joni Lucas
Part of the Survival! series, this book will keep children on the edge of their seats as they read about the daring rescue of three boys in the Louisiana swamp by a young Cajun girl in 1851. The boys, sons of a wealthy planter, take their younger brother Paul out into the bayou and leave him there as a trick, and then get lost in the murky water with no provisions. The two older boys are mean-spirited pranksters who are not well liked in the community, but Paul is kind and thoughtful. When the brothers are reported missing, the community makes no real effort to try to save the boys. But Lily, a local girl with a lame foot who has been treated kindly by Paul, decides to go into the swamp to save her friend. She demonstrates great courage, skill and undergoes great risks to save Paul and his brothers. Important themes in the book include self-esteem and the importance of friendship, kindness and character. While the plot is a bit thin, girls will enjoy the female heroine aspect of the story and all kids will appreciate the exciting details of the rescue.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689829291
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 8/1/1999
  • Series: Survival! Series , #11
  • Edition description: 1 ALADDIN
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.37 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen A. Bale grew up in southern California and graduated from the University California Riverside. She has written seventeen historical romances, including the successful seven-book Sweet Medicine’s Prophecy series. She has done freelance work for several years, including helping to write two nonfiction books. Karen still resides in southern California, ten miles from the Pacific Ocean.

Kathleen Duey’s works include the middle grade American Diaries and Survivors series, as well as the well-reviewed chapter book series The Unicorn’s Secret and its companion series, The Faeries’ Promise. She is also the National Book Award–nominated author of Skin Hunger. She lives in Fallbrook, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2005

    Okay

    Not the best book in the world but it keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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