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Blackwater Swamp: Blackwater Swamp

Press: Aladdin (April 1, 1995)
Publication Date:1995-4
ISBN:9780671511562
Author Name:Bill Wallace
Language:English

Content

Ted saw her with his own two eyes! They say she can make magic. 
Ted is scared -- but he can't resist snaeking down to the bayou to watch the gnarled old woman and wild animals he's never even seen before! His new friend Jimmy blames the witch for the break-ins that have the town on edge.
Ted doesn't know who to believe.
Jimmy and his swaggering cousin Bubba are pretty scary themselves.
Ted knows the answers lie in the dark and dangerous swamp.
But nothing can prepare them for the terror to come...

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6-A fifth-grade boy living in a small Louisiana town narrates this story of adventure and mystery. 
The ingredients include a spooky swamp, a mysterious old "witch" woman, and a rash of unsolved break-ins and robberies.
A subplot is Ted's struggle to find an appropriate friend in his new town.
Jimmy, interesting but also rude and ill-behaved, accompanies him to spy on the witch, who has a shack on an island in Blackwater Swamp.
The plot turns ugly when Jimmy's redneck cousin Bubba leads a crew of his friends, lynch-mob style, to burn out and torment the old woman.
Ted predictably comes to her rescue, but ends up being protected by her.
Ironically, his new best friend could be the witch herself, who is merely the small town's only homeless person, an elderly black woman.
In general, characters are type cast and superficial; adults are unrealistically peripheral to the story, their presence vague and unconvincing.
In an attempt to destroy one stereotype, another is employed: the somber anti-prejudice message, delivered through revelation of the woman's true identity, is inconsistent with the extreme caricature of Bubba and his boys.
Jimmy, the abused child in a family of thieves, is lumped into that group of thugs, offering little insight into the actions of a disadvantaged child.
Some youngsters will be pleased to pick up the clues more quickly than Ted, but others will find him exasperating.
Literary weaknesses aside, the elements of adventure and suspense will keep the pages turning, and the exotic setting and activities of the witch will fuel readers' imaginations.Valerie Lennox, Jacksonville Public Library, FLCopyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Gr. 
4-6.
Start with an eerie setting in a small bayou town.
Add a reclusive old woman believed to be a witch, a fifth-grade boy struggling to fit in, a rash of burglaries, and some rotten bad guys.
What you get is this lively mystery-adventure.
Ted, who's had trouble making friends since his family's move to Lakeview, is pleased when Jimmy Weston befriends him, even though Jimmy's behavior sometimes troubles him.
When Jimmy suggests the boys explore Blackwater Swamp to find the house of the witch who's supposed to live there, Ted apprehensively agrees.
Jimmy flees when the boys are spotted, leaving Ted to discover that the "witch" is actually a woman named Martha Timms.
It's Martha who eventually helps Ted catch the crooks who are responsible for thefts in the town.
A nicely paced story with enough clues to solve the mystery, enough action to keep reluctant readers happy, and an exciting climax.
This one will be easy to booktalk.
Chris Sherman

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Publisher

Ted saw her with his own two eyes! They say she can make magic. 
Ted is scared -- but he can't resist snaeking down to the bayou to watch the gnarled old woman and wild animals he's never even seen before! His new friend Jimmy blames the witch for the break-ins that have the town on edge.
Ted doesn't know who to believe.
Jimmy and his swaggering cousin Bubba are pretty scary themselves.
Ted knows the answers lie in the dark and dangerous swamp.
But nothing can prepare them for the terror to come...

About the Author

BILL WALLACE  was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma where he later spent ten years as a principal and physical education teacher at the same elementary school he attended as a child. 
Bill still lives in Chickasha with his wife, son, four dogs, three cats, and two horses.
The Wallace family spends much of their spare time outdoors fishing, and tending cattle on the family farm.
Bill lectures at schools around the country, answers mail from his readers, and of course, works on his books.
Bill is now a full-time author and his novels have been a great success -- they have won more than thirty state awards and have made the master lists in seventeen.

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Children's Books,Action & Adventure,Literature & Fiction

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Comment List (Total:5)

  •     BLACK WATER SWAMPBY: BILL WALLACE This book is about a young boy named Ted. He recently moved to Louisiana. He lives with his Mother, Father, and baby sister Christine. He always thought that the witch of Black water swamp was a legend, but soon he'll find out its not. There have been a series of robberies in the small town in which Ted lives.I liked this book because it is a good mystery. The way the writer writes makes this book hard to put down. The author uses good descriptive details. This book is for younger audiences, maybe fourth through six grade. By: John Kennedy

  •     Black Water Swamp is a amazing book. I suggest everyone to read it. It is about a boy who spies on a witch that lives in the Black Water Swamp. He also gets in deep trouble and gets caught between big robberies. I thought this book was a great mystery. I suggest all ages of readers to try this book.

  •     Good read

  •     Very good introduction into the scarier side of stories for kids.

  •     Blackwater Swamp is about a boy named Ted that moves a lot and now he's finally found a place in Louisiana. He has a friend that likes books and who is crazy about books. Ted's not that crazy over books. At school he meets Jimmy Larkin. Jimmy tells him stories about the witch that lives in Blackwater Swamp. Ted says lets go down and spy on her in Blackwater Swamp. They both decide to go down there and when they get there, they peer over a cliff. Ted slips and falls down towards Blackwater Swamp. What will happen? Will he get away from the witch or will he get captured and killed right in front of his new friend Jimmy? This book was a good book because you can never tell when or what is going to happen next. I think it was a well written book and good descriptions. This book is a very good adventure and a little bit of mystery involved too. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure and mystery books.

 

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