With the new road being built in the Louisiana swampland, all the gators are leaving, and Jean LeBlanc’s trapper father must go to work in the offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Jean, at 14, is suddenly the man of the house, and just taking care of his mother and small sister requires manhood enough. When an escaped convict appears on the scene and steals Old Red Gravy, Jean’s dog, Jean finds himself up to his neck in swamp water and trouble. The author has caught the special inflection of Louisiana backwoods talk as well as a feeling for both the resignation and pride of poor people leading lonely, hard lives.
George Harmon Smith, born in the Louisiana swamp country, is the author of several award-winning, best-selling Young Adult novels. He came to literary recognition with Bayou Boy, which was made into a Walt Disney movie, with fourteen editions published, and the winner of 37 literary awards. Readers have urged Smith to write more Young Adult novels. By popular demand he has recently had published Where the Pale Lilies Bloom, and now this third new one, Dark Delta Deep, Blue Goodbye.
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Sophie and her dad are on a hiking trip. She wakes up on one morning to find her dad and everyone else has disappeared. There is no electricity, computers, phones or anythings else that makes up her world. People and entire towns are gone. Even the animals are new, not the ones she knows. Then she finds Zach and they start the journey through the Sea of Dreams.
This is a very interesting take on a very old tale. It is not your childhood fairy tale Cinderella. The characters are complex and have multiple motives. This book tells the story of Iris, one of the ugly step sisters and how they came together.
Vasilisa Petrovna never knew her mother who died not long after giving birth to her, but she inherited her mother’s gift: the ability known as second sight. Able to see and commune with the various guardians of the houses and forest, Vasilisa spends her youth exploring and running wild through the forest of her father’s land. Nature is kept in balance and Vasilisa enjoys the company of the various guardians until one day a stranger arrives in town. The changes he sets in place begin to tip the order of things.
I don’t know how to take this book. It takes place in 1862 during the Civil War. Willie Lincoln has died of typhoid. The President and First Lady are mourning there son and all the men dying in the war. That is when it gets into the ghosts in the cemetery.
The reviews are mixed. It seems to be one of those books that you either love it or hate it.