Listen up all of you Six Plus One Traits people: This is your book for voice. And it’s a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.
The scouts are two raccoons, J’miah and Bingo, who live in a DeSoto deep in the Texas swamp. There are snakes and people who make pure cane sugar pies and hogs that fly through no impetus of their own. Then there’s the Sugar Man himself who is very old and sleepy and not known by many people anymore–but he’s the only one who can save the swamp from sure destruction by alligator wrestlers and stadium developers who’d pave the whole ecosystem down.
As in The Underneath, Kathi Appelt writes about the swamp culture with a mix of magic and faith. This time there’s more history, more animals, more everything.