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When his dad gets a job at the U.S. embassy in Liberia, twelve-year-old Linus Tuttle knows it's his chance for a fresh start. Instead of being his typical anxious self, from now on he'll be cooler and bolder: the new Linus.

But as soon as his family gets off the plane, they see a black mamba--one of the deadliest snakes in Africa. Linus's parents insist mambas are rare, but the neighborhood is called Mamba Point, and Linus can barely go outside without tripping over one--he's sure the venomous serpents are drawn to him. Then he hears about kasengs, and the belief that some people have a deep, mysterious connection to certain animals.

Unless Linus wants to hide in his apartment forever (drawing or playing games with the strange kid downstairs while his older brother meets girls and hangs out at the pool), he has to get over his fear of his kaseng animal. Soon he's not only keeping a black mamba in his laundry hamper; he's also feeling braver than ever before. Is it his resolution to become the new Linus, or does his sudden confidence have something to do with his scaly new friend?

From Kurtis Scaletta, author of Mudville, comes a humorous and compelling story of a boy learning about himself through unexpected friends, a fascinating place, and an extraordinary animal.

Synopsis:

Longing for a fresh start when his father is relocated to the U.S. embassy in Liberia, anxious 12-year-old Linus Tuttle spots a rare black mamba and becomes convinced that the venomous serpents are drawn to him, a suspicion fueled by the local beliefs about human-animal connections. By the author of Mudville.

Synopsis:

After moving with his family to Liberia, twelve-year-old Linus discovers that he has a mystical connection with the black mamba, one of the deadliest snakes in Africa, which he is told will give him some of the snake's characteristics. Includes facts about the author's experiences as a thirteen-year-old American living in Liberia in 1982.

About the Author

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Kurtis Scaletta was born in Louisiana and grew up in several states and foreign countries, including Liberia, where this story takes place. Mamba Point is his second novel for young readers. His first book, Mudville, is a Booklist Top Ten Sports Book for Youth and was named a Midwest Connections Pick by the Midwest Booksellers Association.

Kurtis now lives in Minneapolis with his wife and several cats (but no snakes).To learn more about him, please visit www.kurtisscaletta.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375896262
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : People & Places - Africa
Author:
Kurtis Scaletta
Author:
Kurtis Scaletta
Subject:
Supernatural
Subject:
Human-animal relationships
Subject:
Animals - Reptiles & Amphibians
Subject:
People & Places - Africa
Subject:
Social Issues - New Experience
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-Reptiles and Amphibians
Subject:
Children s Middle Readers-General
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Animals - Reptiles & Amphibians
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Social Issues - New Experience
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100713
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Grade Level:
4-8
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Age Level:
9-13

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Product details 288 pages Random House Children's Books - English 9780375896262 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Longing for a fresh start when his father is relocated to the U.S. embassy in Liberia, anxious 12-year-old Linus Tuttle spots a rare black mamba and becomes convinced that the venomous serpents are drawn to him, a suspicion fueled by the local beliefs about human-animal connections. By the author of Mudville.
"Synopsis" by , After moving with his family to Liberia, twelve-year-old Linus discovers that he has a mystical connection with the black mamba, one of the deadliest snakes in Africa, which he is told will give him some of the snake's characteristics. Includes facts about the author's experiences as a thirteen-year-old American living in Liberia in 1982.
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