Trouble on the Tombigbee

Trouble on the Tombigbee

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In Ted Dunagan's third young adult novel, boyhood friends Ted and Poudlum, a white boy and a black boy who live in the rural segregated South of the 1940s, find their fishing trip interrupted by a Ku Klux Klan meeting. The boys accidentally learn the identity of key Klansmen. Discovered, they escape down the river but only to swim into the arms of more trouble. Dunagan's storytelling gifts make this an engaging read. Ted and Poudlum's escapades test their resourcefulness and challenge their awakening moral selves, as they come to understand the injustice of the time in which they live. Being a kid was never better than when Ted Dunagan imagines it. And the imagining was never better than in Trouble on the Tombigbee, the author's latest more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 203 pages
  • 149.86 x 218.44 x 25.4mm | 408.23g
  • NewSouth Books
  • Montgomery, Albania
  • English
  • 1588382702
  • 9781588382702

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"Ted and Poudlum portray childhood innocence and foolishness in a rollicking adventure that will captivate young readers and remind the young at heart of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer." --Pamela Bauer Mueller, Author of Splendid Isolation: The Jekyll Island Millionaire's Club 1888-1942 "The only trouble with Trouble on the Tombigbee is that it ends too soon. Rooted in a steadfast friendship that defies the stereotypes of the 1940s Deep South, this story tackles tough historical truths and offers readers the kind of old-fashioned adventure that quickens the heart." --Irene Latham, Author of Leaving Gee's Bend "A follow-up to the well-loved A Yellow Watermelon (2007) and Secret of the Satilfa (2010); all three volumes follow Ted and Poudlum, a pair of fast friends who happen to be of different races as they negotiate their way through a segregated rural Alabama of the 1940s. . . . This volume, like its predecessors, maintains a light, adventurous tone even as it deals with such difficult issues as segregation, hate crimes and slavery. Dunagan manages this feat not by making light of social ills, but by keeping the narrative tightly focused on Ted and Poudlum, who come off as forgivably naive and immensely likable. This one will appeal to those already fond of Ted and Poudlum and gain them some new fans, too." --Kirkus Reviews "As with the two previous novels, A Yellow Watermelon and Secret of the Satilfa, the adventures are frequently harrowing, the boys infinitely resourceful, and the suspense finely honed, all resulting in a satisfying, page-turning read . . . Shades of Huck and Tom and Jim are very palpable here . . . They enact a model of inter-racial mutuality that defies the social prejudices of their time and place, and that could well serve as an ideal for the generation soon to emerge from that time and place. Apart from its political message, the story is a ripping good yarn for any reader." --Tony Crunkshow more

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