Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Spring 2017 Fiction
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Author: Watt Key
ISBN: 978-0-374-30482-9
Hardcover Price: $16.99

Sam's family has recently moved to a southern Mississippi town on the Pascagola River close to the Gulf coast in an area filled with streams, bayous and dense Cyprus swamps. His father, the new sheriff, gives Sam a fishing boat for his birthday; unfortunately, Sam hates fishing.

So instead of going fishing as he has told his parents, Sam begins exploring the depths of the forbidden swamps and discovers an old fish camp with a strange boy, Davey, living there. Intrigued by a rather cockamamie story, Sam begins to help Davey and fibbing to his parents until his deceits are large and burdensome.

This first-person adventure is a thrilling page-turner with a scary denouement and a likeable protagonist whose missteps go seriously awry.

Kemie Nix   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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