Thirteen-year-old Henry Bunks escapes neighborhood bullies and a grim, overcrowded apartment building by spending hours exploring the canal near his Miami home. A split-second decision to stow away aboard the boat of an outlaw alligator hunter begins Henry’s journey away from the city and into the Everglades, a trip that will open up the wonders of the vast wilderness, the boundaries of his own spirit, and the adventure of a lifetime.
Making his way among the egrets, alligators, saw grasses, and towering mangroves of the Everglades, Henry finds friends (including a nature photographer and a park ranger) who share his passion for the river of grass. But when his travels turn dangerous, Henry begins to realize just how far from home he is. He must summon courage and determination to save the watery wilderness he loves.
First published in 1959, Alligator Crossing is a charming tale from the “savior of the Everglades,” Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
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Praise and Prizes
“A great book for kids and adults alike . . . Books by Florida icon Marjory Stoneman Douglas will never go out of style.”
“A very strongly recommended addition to any school library collection.”
“To entice your children to read this summer, give them Alligator Crossing. . . . Marjory Stoneman Douglas set this novel in her beloved ‘river of grass’ and made the main character a 13-year-old named Henry Bunks. First published in 1959, the book chronicles Henry’s adventures with a pet alligator, panthers, deer, little green herons, grackles, crabs and mangrove snappers.”
“Throughout this interesting story, we not only learn about the wilderness, but also observe a young boy as he matures and interacts with others and realizes his responsibility for living creatures. Henry’s encounters with the indigenous animals help him to realize he can determine his own future.”