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The Cottonmouth Club

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ISBN13: 9780374315627
ISBN10: 0374315620
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"The Cottonmouth Club is focused more on action — and recounting every detail — than introspection. The story lags in places and has too many cultural references, and like many first novels it could have been more focused. Most of that won't matter to its intended audience of adolescent boys, though. This is the story of an ordinary kid who has an unforgettable vacation he can brag about for months." Elizabeth Lund, Christian Science Monitor (read the entire Christian Science Monitor review)

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School's finally out, and eleven-year-old Mitch Valentine is ready to get started on his extensive list of things to do with his best friend — until his mom ruins everything with a surprise announcement. The family is going to take a long trip halfway across the country, to stay with her family down South. Mitch's reluctant summer visit to sweltering farm country tests him in all sorts of ways, starting with his sense of humor. Pitkin, Louisiana, turns out to be a place filled with challenges and dangers, from rope burns to raging bulls.

In this vivid and funny first novel, Mitch discovers that it's his own bad decisions that can make for the biggest challenges and dangers of all.

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Summertime and the livin' ain't easy

School's finally out, and eleven-year-old Mitch Valentine is ready to get started on his extensive list of things to do with his best friend - until his mom ruins everything with a surprise announcement. The family is going to take a long trip halfway across the country, to stay with her family down South. Mitch's reluctant summer visit to sweltering farm country tests him in all sorts of ways, starting with his sense of humor. Pitkin, Louisiana, turns out to be a place filled with challenges and dangers, from rope burns to raging bulls.

In this vivid and funny first novel, Mitch discovers that it's his own bad decisions that can make for the biggest challenges and dangers of all.

About the Author

Lance Marcum is a sixth-grade teacher and lives in Fair Oaks, California. This is his first novel.

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Jeannie Lambright, April 22, 2006 (view all comments by Jeannie Lambright)
This book is very interesting. I taught 5th grade for 20 years and I always read every book before I put it on my school shelves. The story is based on Pitkin, LA and so it is of interest to the Pitkin people. We of course look for people we knew and places we have been that are mentioned in the book. I am from Blythe, CA and have lived here in Pitkin for 47 years so I can understand the cultural shock to a California boy coming to Pitkin. Thank you for this very good book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374315627
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Subject:
Family - General
Author:
Marcum, Lance
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Social Situations - Adolescence
Subject:
Lifestyles - Country Life
Subject:
Outdoor life
Subject:
Family - Vacation
Subject:
Situations / Adolescence
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Louisiana
Subject:
Boys
Subject:
Men
Subject:
Family/General (see also headings under Social Issues)
Subject:
Boys / Men
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20050510
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 x 1.19 in
Age Level:
from 10 up to 15

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Children's » General
Young Adult » General

The Cottonmouth Club
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Product details 336 pages Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - English 9780374315627 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "The Cottonmouth Club is focused more on action — and recounting every detail — than introspection. The story lags in places and has too many cultural references, and like many first novels it could have been more focused. Most of that won't matter to its intended audience of adolescent boys, though. This is the story of an ordinary kid who has an unforgettable vacation he can brag about for months." (read the entire Christian Science Monitor review)
"Synopsis" by ,
Summertime and the livin' ain't easy

School's finally out, and eleven-year-old Mitch Valentine is ready to get started on his extensive list of things to do with his best friend - until his mom ruins everything with a surprise announcement. The family is going to take a long trip halfway across the country, to stay with her family down South. Mitch's reluctant summer visit to sweltering farm country tests him in all sorts of ways, starting with his sense of humor. Pitkin, Louisiana, turns out to be a place filled with challenges and dangers, from rope burns to raging bulls.

In this vivid and funny first novel, Mitch discovers that it's his own bad decisions that can make for the biggest challenges and dangers of all.

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