by Kathi Appelt, Jennifer Bricking (Illustrator)

Meet Bingo and J’miah, raccoon brothers on a mission to save Sugar Man Swamp in this National Book Award finalist from Newbery Honoree Kathi Appelt.

Raccoon brothers Bingo and J’miah are the newest recruits of the Official Sugar Man Swamp Scouts. The opportunity to serve the Sugar Man—the massive creature who delights in delicious sugar cane and magnanimously rules over the swamp—is an honor, and also a big responsibility, since the rest of the swamp critters rely heavily on the intel of these hardworking Scouts.

Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn is not a member of any such organization. But he loves the swamp something fierce, and he’ll do anything to help protect it.

And help is surely needed, because world-class alligator wrestler Jaeger Stitch wants to turn Sugar Man swamp into an Alligator World Wrestling Arena and Theme Park, and the troubles don’t end there. There is also a gang of wild feral hogs on the march, headed straight toward them all.

The Scouts are ready. All they have to do is wake up the Sugar Man. Problem is, no one’s been able to wake that fellow up in a decade or four… 

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

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  • About The Author Kathi Appelt is the author of the Newbery Honoree, National Book Award finalist, PEN USA Literary Award-winning, and bestselling The Underneath as well as the National Book Award finalist The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, Keeper, and many picture books. She has two grown children and lives in Texas with her husband. ISBN-13: 9781442421059 Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers Publication date: 7/23/2013 Pages: 326 Age range: 8 - 12 Years Nature & the Natural World | General - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Mammals - Swamp animals -Raccoon - Swamps -Humorous stories - Scouting (Youth activity) Awards: Nene Award | Nominee | Children's Fiction | 2015 - 2015 ; National Book Awards | Finalist | Young People's Lit. | 2013 - 2013 ; Cybils | Finalist | Speculative Fiction | 2013 - 2013 ; Kentucky Bluegrass Award | Nominee | Grades 3-5 | 2015 - 2015 ; Keystone to Reading Book Award | Nominee | Intermediate | 2015 - 2015 ; Georgia Children's Book Award | Nominee | Children's Book | 2015 - 2015 ; Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award | Nominee | Grades 4-6 | 2015 - 2016 ; Volunteer State Book Awards | Nominee | Intermediate | 2015 - 2016 ; William Allen White Childens Book Award | Nominee | Grades 6-8 | 2016 - 2016