Thursday, May 31, 2012


By Karen Russell
320 pages

Ava Bigtree is hardly your typical thirteen-year-old.  She lies in the middle of the Florida Everglades on an island that holds her family's alligator wrestling theme park.  She has spent her life running free in the swamp, entertaining tourists, and training to follow her mother's footsteps as the park's headlining alligator wrestler.  But when her mother dies suddenly, life changes very fast.  The park begins to fail, her father is in denial and disappears, her brother leaves to try to earn money on the mainland, and her sister Ossie becomes obsessed with ghosts.  When Ossie disappears, Ava is the only one who can save her.  The only problem is, who will save Ava?

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