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Swamplandia!  Cover Image Book Book


Summary: Twelve year old Ava must travel into the Underworld part of the smamp in order to save her family's dynasty of Bigtree alligator wresting. This novel takes us to the swamps of the Florida Everglades, and introduces us to Ava Bigtree, an unforgettable young heroine. The Bigtree alligator wrestling dynasty is in decline, and Swamplandia!, their island home and gator wrestling theme park, formerly no. 1 in the region, is swiftly being encroached upon by a fearsome and sophisticated competitor called the World of Darkness. Ava's mother, the park's indomitable headliner, has just died; her sister, Ossie, has fallen in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, who may or may not be an actual ghost; and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, who dreams of becoming a scholar, has just defected to the World of Darkness in a last ditch effort to keep their family business from going under. Ava's father, affectionately known as Chief Bigtree, is AWOL; and that leaves Ava, a resourceful but terrified thirteen, to manage ninety eight gators as well as her own grief. Against a backdrop of hauntingly fecund plant life animated by ancient lizards and lawless hungers, the author has written a novel about a family's struggle to stay afloat in a world that is inexorably sinking.

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  • ISBN: 9780307263995 (hbk.)
  • ISBN: 0307263991 (hbk.)
  • Physical Description: print
    315 pages ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.

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Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader UG 6.3 20 20 150033
Awards Note:
Pulitzer Prize finalist (Fiction), 2012
Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence finalist (Fiction), 2012
Subject: Girls Fiction
Mothers Death Fiction
Motherless families Fiction
Amusement parks Fiction
Alligators Fiction
Everglades (Fla.) Fiction
Ten Thousand Islands (Fla.) Fiction
Literary prizes
Genre: Fantasy fiction.

Available copies

  • 4 of 4 copies available at Lehigh Carbon Library Cooperative.


  • 0 current holds with 4 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Coplay Public Library FIC RUS (Text) 31961000033999 Adult Fiction Available -
Emmaus Public Library FIC RUSSELL, KAREN (Text) 36446001734825 Adult Fiction Available -
Lower Macungie Library FIC RUS (Text) 33400001051450 Adult Fiction Available -
Southern Lehigh Public Library FIC RUS (Text) 30044100540493 Adult Fiction Available -

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