The Secret of the Satilfa

The Secret of the Satilfa

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Ted Dunagan, named 2009 Georgia Author of the Year in the young adult category for his debut novel A Yellow Watermelon, continues the saga of two adventuresome boys in this sequel, Secret of the Satilfa. Both books are set squarely in the Southern literary tradition as they reveal the lives of young Ted and Poudlum, friends despite the racial divide in rural Alabama in the late 1940s. In the fall of 1948, Ted and Poudlum have their post-Thanksgiving fishing trip to the Cypress Hole on the Satilfa Creek interrupted by unwelcome visitors -- fugitive bank robbers. They manage to escape and return to the Satilfa to search -- along with seemingly half the locals -- for money rumored to have been hidden by the criminals. However, Ted and Poudlum have a clue no one else possesses. Through their exposure to some memorable individuals, the boys grow in character and knowledge as they hunt for the missing treasure.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 202 pages
  • 154.94 x 220.98 x 25.4mm | 362.87g
  • Montgomery, Albania
  • English
  • Frontispiece; Maps; Illustrations, black and white
  • 1588382494
  • 9781588382498

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"Secret of the Satilfa is a terrific and beautifully written story of the friendship of two boys, one white and one black. Their bond of respect, courage, loyalty, and hope comes alive within the pages. Their adventure will keep readers of all ages turning the pages." --S. A. Harazin, author of Blood Brothers
"In Secret of the Satilfa, Ted Dunagan captures the grace, spirit, and grand adventures of an Alabama childhood. Set in 1948, the friendship between two young boys, one black and one white, shows a steadfast alliance that transcends a world of meanness and looks to a future of hope." --Kerry Madden, author of Up Close: Harper Lee
"Secret of the Satilfa is a welcome return to the rural Alabama of the late 1940s Ted Dunagan made vivid in his award-winning first novel, The Yellow Watermelon. Once again readers will gladly tag along with Ted Dillon and his buddy Poudlum, this time for a tale of high adventure, intrigue, and thwarted fishing trips--all wrapped around a daring bank robbery. I highly recommend this big-hearted book for any reader, young or old." --Adrian Fogelin, author of Crossing Jordan and The Sorta Sisters
"In Secret of the Satilfa--the sequel to the award-winning A Yellow Watermelon--Ted Dunagan reunites us with Ted and Poudlum, two boys in rural South during the 1940's whose bonds of friendship overcome the racial divisions of that place and time in the world. Dunagan is a natural storyteller, and his characters and the situations they find themselves in will keep readers of all ages balanced on the edge of their seats. Mark Twain, move over. Ted Dunagan is here, and he intends to remain." --author of The Front Porch Prophet
"Secret of the Satilfa is a nicely paced story with excitement, nostalgia and a tolerable number of lessons worth learning." --Don Noble, Tuscaloosa News/Alabama Public Radio
"Ted M. Dunagan, an Alabama native, took me back to where I wanted to be this summer. Dunagan's images are so pure, so perfect and so honest that anyone who has ever lived or spent time in the South will immediately recognize them for the truth. If you love books about the South, about barefoot boys who are out-of-the-way-ordinary heroes in everyday places, you will love Secret of the Satilfa." --Loretta Gillespie, Decatur Daily
"With the boys' cascading exploits and the deep historical context, this novel cleverly wraps an important lesson about segregation and racial inequality into an enjoyable story. The reader is reminded that money can serve as a powerful incentive, especially for two steadfast friends with some inside information as to where it may be hidden." --Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children
"[Dunagan's books are] magnificent literary works that are realistic and relatable." --The Montgomery Advertiser
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