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Swamplandia

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Author: Karen Russell

What an involving story - two sisters and their brother help their eccentric parents run an alligator wrestling show on an island in the Florida Everglades.  Their mother's illness turns all their lives upside down.  The teens each search individually for ways to make their world stable again.  Totally engaging characters and use of language.  Sorrow and humor comingled as all the characters try to find their way.  A wonderful mixture of reality and fantasy, the love of family, and individual struggle and sacrifice.

I listened to this on disc and it was very well done by a teen actress for the main voice of Ava Bigtree, and an actor for the secondary character of Kiwi, her brother.