The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 6n/a5.451543
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
11 Book Reviews
  • serum
    serum9 months
    I like it
    • raindrop07
      raindrop07over 2 years44 stars
      The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt is about two raccoons who work in a swamp, doing jobs and following the stars and the fantastical Sugarman for direction. It is a charming story about frindship, perserverance, believeing in each other and fighting with courage for whats right. I would reccomend this books lto lovers of animals and bravery.
      • walmost 5 years
        best book ever
        • CuteBunnies almost 6 years
          If you love realistic fiction and animals, you will love this.
          • jellybean1
            jellybean1over 7 years
            I really like this book because this book is kind of about mysteries. I recommend this book to everyone who reads this!
            • popo13681
              popo13681over 7 years
              This book was kind of slow with its plot but had a great ending.
              • Jellybean101over 7 years
                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
                  buildergalabout 9 years
                  I love this book so much!
                  • jazzie0904
                    jazzie0904about 9 years55 stars
                    Really good. Ms. Appelt really knew what she was doing.
                    • jazzie0904
                      jazzie0904about 9 years55 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.