Alligator Crossing

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Milkweed Editions, 2003 - Juvenile Fiction - 190 pages
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Henry Bunks lives in crowded Miami in the 1950s. A nearby canal -- an entrance to what will become the Florida Everglades -- provides respite from his chaotic life in an uncaring family. Henry meets and befriends an alligator hunter and stows away on his boat. The hunter, an enigmatic character, is at once an outlaw and a father figure to Henry. In the watery wilderness, the man and boy meet a wildlife photographer, a botanist, and a park ranger, and Henry is thrust into a race to save a human life. First published in 1959, this story combines great adventure with a boy's first experience of adults who are neither totally bad nor totally noble.

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About the author (2003)

Marjory Stoneman Douglas was one of the foremost spokespersons for Florida's environment. In her long, illustrious life and career, she was a journalist, writer, editor, publisher, and crusader for women's rights, racial justice, and nature conservation.

Nicholson has had a passion for photographing animals since the age of seven. She has competed in and judged equestrian events for many years and is involved with the breeding and training of horses and dogs.

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