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Alligator Bayou

by Donna Jo Napoli Paperback
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Product Information

  • AR Level3.1
  • AR Quiz Number128920
  • AR Quiz Points7
  • AuthorDonna Jo Napoli
  • Page Count288
  • ISBN100553494171
  • ISBN139780553494174
  • PublisherRandom House Children's Books
  • Year Published2010
  • Type of BookFiction
  • SubjectFamily & home stories (Children's/YA)
    General fiction (Children's/YA)
    Personal & social issues: family issues (Children's/YA)
    Personal & social issues: racism & multiculturalism (Children's/YA)
    General fiction (Children's/YA)
  • Lexile Level430
  • ImprintWendy Lamb

Product Description

An unforgettable novel, based on a true story, about racism against Italian Americans in the South in 1899. Fourteen-year-old Calogero, his uncles, and his cousins are six Sicilians living in the small town of Tallulah, Louisiana, miles from any of their countrymen. They grow vegetables and sell them at their stand and in their grocery store. Some people welcome the immigrants; most do not. Calogero's family is caught in the middle of tensions between the black and white communities. As Calogero struggles to adapt to Tallulah, he is startled and thrilled by the danger of midnight gator hunts in the bayou and by his powerful feelings for Patricia, a sharp-witted, sweet-natured black girl. Meanwhile, every day, and every misunderstanding between the white community and the Sicilians, bring Calogero and his family closer to a terrifying, violent confrontation. In this affecting and unforgettable novel, Donna Jo Napoli's inspired research and spare, beautiful language take the classic immigrant story to new levels of emotion and searing truth. Alligator Bayou tells a story that all Americans should know.

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