Tuesday, June 13, 2017

TUMBLE & BLUE by Cassie Beasley.  New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2017.  390p.  ISBN 978-0525428442 ARC   Gr. 4-6   JUV FIC

Blue Montgomery, cursed to lose any competition, has recently been dumped on Granny Eve's doorstep by his father, a race car driver who wins every race.  Blue just wants to go home.  He doesn't even have a room at his grandmother's house because she's already the primary caretaker for three of his cousins, who have family curses of their own.  The Montgomery family curse centers around a golden alligator named Munch who appears in the Okefenokee Swamp during the bloodred moon to grant the power of greatness to anyone brave enough to make the journey.  Walcott Montgomery and Almira Lafayette fought over the fortune many years ago, leaving half their families cursed and half lucky.  As the bloodred moon approaches, all kinds of Montgomerys gather at Granny Eve's house to vie for a chance to change their fortunes.  Meanwhile, there's a new neighbor with a hero complex whose reckless behavior always gets her into trouble.  Her name is Tumble, and it seems that her mother, unaware of the curse, is a Lafayette.  Readers will turn page after page to find out if two new friends can put an end to an old family feud.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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