The Resource Swamplandia!, Karen Russell

Swamplandia!, Karen Russell

Label
Swamplandia!
Title
Swamplandia!
Statement of responsibility
Karen Russell
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Twelve year old Ava must travel into the Underworld part of the swamp in order to save her family's dynasty of Bigtree alligator wrestling. 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
Summary
The Bigtree children struggle to protect their Florida Everglades alligator-wrestling theme park from a sophisticated competitor after losing their parents
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2012.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice: Adult Books for Young Adults, 2011.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2011.
  • School Library Journal Best Books: Best Adult Books 4 Teens, 2011.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
377341
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1981-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Russell, Karen
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3618.U755
LC item number
S93 2011
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/lexile
900
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Girls
  • Mothers
  • Motherless families
  • Amusement parks
  • Alligators
  • Everglades (Fla.)
  • Ten Thousand Islands (Fla.)
Target audience
adult
Label
Swamplandia!, Karen Russell
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"This is a Borzoi book"--T.p. verso
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
315 p.
Isbn
9780307263995
Lccn
2010036708
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o613432205
  • (OCoLC)613432205
Label
Swamplandia!, Karen Russell
Publication
Note
"This is a Borzoi book"--T.p. verso
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
315 p.
Isbn
9780307263995
Lccn
2010036708
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o613432205
  • (OCoLC)613432205

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