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Tumble & Blue

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Staff Review: "Tumble & Blue" by Cassie Beasley

★★★★★

Dumped on the porch of his grandmother’s house in the middle of nowheresville by his father (who supposedly is working some things out), Blue Montgomery feels even more cursed. The whole Montgomery family is the victim of a curse originated many generations ago, supposedly by an ancestor's encounter with a legendary golden alligator in the Okefenokee Swamp. Amidst boxes of trophies in the attic, Blue is given the last available spot in a house full of crazy Montgomerys under his grandmother’s crowded roof.  Unfortunately Blue didn’t inherit one of the good fates; in fact he’s destined to lose no matter what he does. Enter Tumble (Lily) Wilson, a girl plagued by memories of her brother, who yearns to be a real hero by following a guidebook authored by her hero “How to be a Hero Everyday.” Tumble convinces Blue to tempt fate in an attempt to discover their own destinies. But can they survive a treacherous journey through the Okefenokee Swamp on the night of the blood-red moon, and find the legendary alligator who can break the curse?  Or can they just possibly change their destinies themselves? The power of friendship and the complexity of family relationships shine through this thoroughly enjoyable tween novel.

 

Audience: children | Genre: fiction

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