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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…

Newbery Honoree and National Book Award finalist Kathi Appelt’s story of care and conservation has received five starred reviews, was selected as a National Book Award finalist, and is funny as all get out and ripe for reading aloud.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published on July 23, 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1442421053
ISBN-13: 9781442421059
9 Book Reviews
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  • wThursday, February 22, 2018 at 6:45 pm
    best book ever
    • CuteBunnies Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 3:39 pm
      If you love realistic fiction and animals, you will love this.
      • jellybean1
        jellybean1Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 5:34 pm
        I really like this book because this book is kind of about mysteries. I recommend this book to everyone who reads this!
        • popo13681
          popo13681Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 5:34 pm
          This book was kind of slow with its plot but had a great ending.
          • Jellybean101Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 5:29 pm
            I really like this book because I loooooove mysteries and this is kind of about mysteries. I recommend this book to everyone who reads this.
            • buildergal
              buildergalSunday, November 24, 2013 at 12:14 am
              I love this book so much!
              • jazzie0904
                jazzie0904Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 12:50 pm55 stars
                Really good. Ms. Appelt really knew what she was doing.
                • jazzie0904
                  jazzie0904Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 12:46 pm55 stars
                  This book is about these two raccoons in the Sugar Man Swamp. The Sugar Man Swamp is home to the best sugar cane basically in the world. Sonny Boy Beaucoup owns it and wants to develop it to become a Event Center and a band of BAD hogs wants the Sugar Cane. Oh and Chaparral Brayburn wants his mother's business to succeed. Who will win??? Read it to find out.
                  • trmoore
                    Mrs. MooreSunday, September 22, 2013 at 4:01 am
                    Possible 2014 Newbery Award