The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

Kathi Appelt, read by Lyle Lovett. Simon & Schuster Audio, unabridged, five CDs, 5.75 hrs., $29.99 ISBN 978-1-4423-6612-1
Legendary country music singer Lyle Lovett lends his voice to this tale of two raccoon brothers, Bingo and J’miah, and their quest to awaken the mystical Sugar Man who rules the swamp. Lovett’s voice is smooth as silk and Southern to the core; it is quite simply the perfect fit for this charming tale. His delivery is well paced and his tone that of a wise old seer who knows all and has no trouble teaching others about right and wrong. The result is an absolutely entertaining listening experience that will appeal to listeners of all ages, just as the story itself is a timeless moral lesson about helping those in need. Ages 8–12. An Atheneum hardcover. (July)
Reviewed on: 09/02/2013
Release date: 07/01/2013
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