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Tumble & Blue

By: Cassie Beasley

This is the magic-infused story of a golden gator, two cursed kids, and the choice to take their destinies into their own hands.

ISBN: 9780525428442

JLG Release: Oct 2017


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Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Luck , Blessing and cursing , Friendship , Alligators , Ancestors , Family life

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Awards & Honors

2018 Capitol Choices, Ages Ten to Fourteen
VOYA’s Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers 2017
The New York TimesNotable Children’s Books of 2017, Middle Grade

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine*, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

Horn Book

[STARRED REVIEW] Way back when, there were strange things done in the Okefenokee Swamp. A plot was set in motion by two bad people, horse thief Walcott Montgomery and murderer Almira LaFayette. Their descendants, especially a couple of middle graders, Blue and Tumble, are doomed to play out the end of this tale of curses, courage, trickery, [STARRED REVIEW] Way back when, there were strange things done in the Okefenokee Swamp. A plot was set in motion by two bad people, horse thief Walcott Montgomery and murderer Almira LaFayette. Their descendants, especially a couple of middle graders, Blue and Tumble, are doomed to play out the end of this tale of curses, courage, trickery, family feuds, and alligators. Blue, abandoned by his father, ends up at the home of his grandmother. His “fate” is that he seems destined to be a loser for life since he’s unable to win any fight or game or contest—not even tic-tac-toe. Tumble, a girl who feels responsible for the death of her brother, is determined to live by the precepts of a self-help book called How to Hero Every Day. They join forces to solve the puzzle of the past and neutralize the curse. In a mix of tall tale, magic realism, comic midgrade mayhem, and sweetness—a mix reminiscent of Sachar’s Holes (rev. 9/98)—Beasley creates a distinctive, energetic world in which kindness is a muscular value and quirkiness is organic to the setting. The onomatopoeic language is a treat. Running on a dirt road: “thuff thuff.” Folding up a sofa bed: “poppa-poppa-clang-thwooong.” And who could resist a book in which the word Okefenokee makes regular appearances? sarah ellis

Book Details

ISBN

9780525428442

First Release

October 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

7" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

400

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.8; Points: 9;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.2; Points: 15;

Lexile

Level 680L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Dial

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Luck, Blessing and cursing, Friendship, Alligators, Ancestors, Family life,

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