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The Swamp Robber (1940)

by Paul Hutchens

Series: Sugar Creek Gang (1)

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Neither the return of Big Bob Till, Dragonfly's report that his mother saw a ghost, nor a mysterious note warning that a cave is haunted will keep the gang from spending a night alone there.

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Wm B Eerdmans Publishing, 1947; ninth edition; hardcover, 92 pages
  Bandings | Aug 4, 2013 |
An okay book for kids, especially boys. I think my son will like these when he's older. It has a very wholesome, old-fashioned feel to it, but it does get a bit preachy. I understand they are Christian books, but it gets a bit mushy at times, at least for tody's readers I think. ( )
  briannad84 | Oct 7, 2012 |
William Jasper "Bill" Collins and his five friends are growing up in a small rural town. Bill and his friend Roy "Dragonfly" Gilbert discover a hidden disguise while out fishing one summer afternoon. The next day, police report a bank robber on the loose and possibly in the area. Bill and Dragonfly get together with their Sugar Creek Gang--Little Jimmy Foote, Big Jim, Leslie "Poetry" Thompson, and Daniel "Circus" Browne--to discuss what they can do about it. Mix in a missing old man from the hills, his long-lost nephew, and the resident drunk and it adds up to quite an adventure for a group of boys, all but one under the age of twelve.

Overall, this is a fun and easy read. I realize this is a Christian book, but still I think it weighs a little heavy on the preachy side. I would recommend The Swamp Robber by Paul Hutchens to any of my friends with boys or girls ages 8-12. ( )
  jennyrosewriter | Jan 21, 2011 |
Series of 36 books, good to read aloud (so you can edit on the fly), OK for independent readers of 9-10 years old
  warners | Mar 8, 2010 |
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The very thought of my city cousin coming to visit us for a whole week while his parents went on a vacation was enough to start a whirlwind in my mind.
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Neither the return of Big Bob Till, Dragonfly's report that his mother saw a ghost, nor a mysterious note warning that a cave is haunted will keep the gang from spending a night alone there.

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The Sugar Creek Gang discovers a "disguise" hidden in a sycamore hollow. Does it belong to the bank robber hiding in the swamp? A mysterious map hidden near the tree proves to be even more exciting than the disguise. Before the adventure ends, the gang encounters the robber, helps Bill Collins welcome a new baby sister, and saves the victim of a black widow spider bite. Join Bill and the rest of the Sugar Creek Gang as they learn the lesson of "sowing" and "reaping."
10,080 minutes fly fast when Bill's cousin Wally and his copper-colored dog Alexander come for a visit. Alexander manages to tangle with all kinds of wildlife from skunks and snapping turtles to a giant red bull. A late night visit from some mysterious strangers leads to a priceless gift for Wally. Come along with the Sugar Creek Gang and you'll learn that following Jesus is just as important for city boys as it is for country boys.
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