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The Mystery of the Great Swamp

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Deep into the great swamp, Jeb takes his boat-down the dark, silent waterways. Suddenly in the deathly stillness, he hears a strange, high eerie sound. A phantom boat glides swiftly across the dark water, and disappears. Jeb flees in terror, but even as he does, he knows he will return. He must find out the secret of the great swamp!
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 1971 by Scholastic Book Services
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Gwen Haaland
I am referring to the 1967 version of "The Mystery of the Great Swamp" set in the great okefenokee swamp. An intriguing story involving an adventurous boy in the Okefenokee Swamp who discovers a few survivors of a lost tribe of native Americans hidden in a remote corner of the water jungle.
I loved this book so much when I was a child. I even read it to my own children when they were old enough to appreciate it.
I really liked this mystery when I was like ten or something. It was well written and very intriguing. It's about a boy who has lived in the Florida swamp area with his family the entirety of his life. While exploring on his raft/boat on the water one day he discovers a secret waterway in which he explores and finds the last of an Indian tribe and all the fascinating ruins of the formerly great tribe. A good read, especially for children and early teens.
Rereading books from when I was a kid. Good story fun.
This young man grows up knowing the swamps. Upon discovering an unknown waterway, he goes to explore it and ends up fleeing from an unknown sound. His fear of the unknown causes him to make some poor choices but he seeks to find the answers...and does that turn his fear to understanding.

There are so many fears in life that only last until we come to understanding.
Jan 17, 2012 Andy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 5-star
Designed as a children's story, I still got caught up in it and enjoyed it immensely. Fun story, interesting characters, delightful scene descriptions.
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