"When the sugarcane's burning and the rabbits are running, look for the boys who are quicker than flame."
When Charlie moves to the small town of Taper, Florida, he discovers a different world. Pinned between the everglades and the swampy banks of Lake Okeechobee, the small town produces sugar cane ... and the fastest runners in the country. Kids chase muck rabbits in the fields while the cane is being burned and harvested. Dodging flames and blades and breathing smoke, they run down the rabbits for three dollars a skin. And when they can do that, running a football is easy.
But there are things in the swamp, roaming the cane at night, that cannot be explained, and they seem connected to sprawling mounds older than the swamps. Together with his step-second cousin “Cotton” Mack, the fastest boy on the muck, Charlie hunts secrets in the glades and on the muck flats where the cane grows secrets as old as the soft earth, secrets that haunted, tripped, and trapped the original native tribes, ensnared conquistadors, and buried runaway slaves. Secrets only the muck knows.
What People Are Saying:
"N.D. Wilson keeps his teen readers hopping in this action-packed adventure. The main theme—good versus evil—is tightly interwoven throughout many other concurrent themes, including dysfunctional family relationships, child abuse, racism, and sugar cane harvest and muck rabbit history.... Amid the muck and the mire (pun intended), Wilson masterfully ties the endurance of Charlie and Cotton—those brave underdogs—to football. Overall, BOYS OF BLUR is definitely a great coming-of-age story with a wonderfully orchestrated mix of themes." -Kidsreads
Nathan Wilson lives and writes in the top of a tall, skinny house only one block from where he was born. But his bestselling novels, including the highly acclaimed 100 Cupboards series, have traveled far and wide and have been translated into dozens of languages. He and his wife have five young storytellers of their own, along with an unreasonable number of pets. You can visit him online at ndwilson.com.
AUTHOR: Nathan Wilson
PUBLISHER: Random House
PAGE COUNT: 208 pages
ISBN 10: 0449816761
RELEASE DATE: July 28, 2015
Really cool story! I like how in this story the best things are stuff that I can relate to and get excited about without detaching myself from reality. Friendship, action in the face of fear, family loyalty, and sports are the stuff of everyday life, and I’m thankful for a book that encourages me to be excited about the world I live in.
This was a great book--I bought it for my nephew but could not resist reading it first, haha! It was so entertaining to see the story of Beowulf applied to the swamps of Florida and a town obsessed with football. The writing style was creative and refreshing as well.
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