When Goodlow Pryce is stolen from Mary's Cove, twelve-year-old Gnat is determined to bring hope and peace back to her stricken mountain home. Even if that means she has to face Zelda, the evil Swamp Queen, who lurks in nearby Foggy Bottom. Little does Gnat know that the Swamp Queen she's pitting herself against is her own mother. Or that, in defeating her and saving GoodloWhen Goodlow Pryce is stolen from Mary's Cove, twelve-year-old Gnat is determined to bring hope and peace back to her stricken mountain home. Even if that means she has to face Zelda, the evil Swamp Queen, who lurks in nearby Foggy Bottom. Little does Gnat know that the Swamp Queen she's pitting herself against is her own mother. Or that, in defeating her and saving Goodlow, Gnat will come to learn about the many sides of love and its transforming power. From the author of "The First Horse I See" and "I Am Regina, " comes this hilarious and spirited adventure based on the famous folktale "Tam Lin."...
|Title||:||Gnat Stokes and the Foggy Bottom Swamp Queen|
|Number of Pages||:||152 Pages|
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Gnat Stokes and the Foggy Bottom Swamp Queen Reviews
When someone is called Gnat Stokes, it's really hard not to pick up the book and read it.Gnat Stokes was left by her mother at her father's doorstep as a baby. The people in the town chose her name. What they do is call the baby by different names until the baby responds. In this case Gnat stopped crying and fussing when someone grumbled that she was a pesky Gnat.Gnat has a hungry mind and since the school was destroyed she's been running wild getting into trouble. There's been nothing to keep her mind occupied and things come to a head when she decides to see what cobwebs look like when you set them on fire. She ends up burning down a moonshine still.So now Gnat is in the doghouse and trying to redeem herself. Salvation arrives in the form of a message spelled out in beans. The message says 'Save me!' as all such messages usually do. Gnat knows the message comes from Goodlow Pryce who was taken by the Witch of the Foggy Bottom Swamp seven years ago.She's determined to save him and bring him home even if it means facing the Evil Swamp Queen Zelda. And of course Gnat is not alone. She has an enchanted locket, a talking cat, a mysterious voice and the 3 Darnell siblings to help and hinder her on her quest.The tale is a retelling of the Scottish ballad Tam Lin and I absolutely love Gnat.
I'd rather she go back to writing historical novels.
After hearing rave reviews from my children's literature professor, I was somewhat skeptical of the book, but after giving it a fair try, I found it to be a really enjoyable read that combined a traditional fairy tale with a distintive and charming setting and a loveably human and humor main character. Having just read two other retellings of the Tam Lin tale and a bit from http://tam-lin.org/ about the colours and symbolism of elements of the story, it made the appearance of the bits of tradition much more interesting. My only complaint was at the begining of the story I was unsure as how much "magic" to expect in the story. When fantasy is combined with somewhat realistic fiction, this can create confusion. In some cases, the "magic" in only imagined while in others it is actually realized. Needless to say, I didn't really get into the story until I discovered that the main character was not inventing things, imagining, or being superstitious was rather bravely confronting really powerful, magical foes.
This was a chapter book length folk/fairy tale. Gnat Stokes is a genuinely-presented Appalachian girl who lives an adventure in a town setting that is almost as unfamiliar to most readers as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry mainly because of its historical, rural post-Civil-War setting. I really liked this book. The vernacular is a bit tough to grapple with at times, but it enriches the story on the whole. Gnat tells the story, so it's first person and she is as wild and as scrappy as they come.
Fantasy that will keep the reader on edge. Good book
This is such a creative, mystique, and funny book! I loved it!!!! Sally Keeh is so creative! But it's kind of weird too- but especially it's good.
Now here is a very creative and well-executed Tam Lin story for children. It is vivid and endearing and has a LOT of 'pop' to it.