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Lostman's River

3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  45 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Danger Stalks the Swampland

Lostman's River is home to Tyler MacCauley and his family, just as it is to thousands of birds and other wildlife that share Nature's piece of the Earth.

But greed and profit have brought great danger into the swampland. And when Tyler and his family dare to trust a stranger, they find out, to their horror, that they have jeopardized not only the
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 1st 1995 by Harpercoll (first published 1994)
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Oct 25, 2008 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book itself started out great, telling of the misfortunes and trials of a family who find their home in an incredible setting - Lostman's River. This beautiful place may not be everyone's dream home, but the maze of marshes and swamps of the everglades, with the bright rainbow-colored plume birds, and the lurking crocodiles that hide underneath the water provide an amazing an awe-inspiring adventure. However, the ending was not so good. I felt as if the main character completely messed up, t ...more
Ellis Luckey
Feb 06, 2011 Ellis Luckey rated it liked it
The main character: Tyler MacCauley Pa MacCauley , Mama Macauley, and Carrie MaCauley

This story sets in the Florida river of Lostmans River. A thirteen year old name Tyler Macauley was thinking about a story of Lostmans river he says "A man dress like a hat, shirt, trouser and gulluses to hunt animal. After he was finshed he didnt need information of Alford place on Chartham river.
Tyler younger sister Carrie is upset cause Tyler get the stay outside at night. But Mom says "He 13 and your only 5

This book takes us back to the Turn-of-the Century Everglades, where 13-year-old Tyler is growing up in his second home. Although innocent of murder, father has fled from the New York City law to squat in anonymity, barely supporting his family off the swamps of the 10,00 Islands. (This story reminds me somewhat of To Walk the Sky Path, because we witness the clash between the Seminole Indians and white "culture.")

But the biggest conflict arises from Plumers (men who ki
Johnny Bennett
Aug 20, 2011 Johnny Bennett rated it liked it
Not bad but not great. This book reads like it was written by a teacher for the classroom. I mean it has a moral, a purpose, definite chapter ends (meaning one chapter doesn't bleed into the next), and enough tension to excite some people but not enough to really drive anything.

One thing that stands out is near the end the parents make a decision that the child weighs in on but then totally ignore his opinion. Something that drives me nuts in real life. If you are going to make decisions that i
Miss Amanda
gr 5-8 157pgs

1906 Lostman's River, Florida. 13 year old Tyler MacCauley's family has something to hide. When Tyler's father is accused of murder, the family flees New York to hide in Lostman's River. Tyler's mother hates living so far from "civilized society", but Tyler loves the river and the birds and animals that call it home. When Tyler is hired as a guide by Mr. Strawbridge, a stranger to the area. Tyler jumps at the chance to earn money and help out his family, but it seems that like every
Apr 15, 2009 Ryan rated it really liked it
I like this story because its about a boy that likes the place he is in and he fights to take care of his animals and plants. you would like this book if you like books about people that fighting about things they like.You could find this book in a public libery.
Nancy Mulder
Jun 18, 2012 Nancy Mulder rated it really liked it

This was about the people who hunted egrets for their plumes in Florida during the turn of the century. Great story, especially for nature-loving kids.
Mar 18, 2011 Daphne rated it liked it
This was an interesting read. I read it as part of a program with my 5th graders school. I didn't like the ending as it left questions unanswered.
Bethany Erickson
Great for talking about the Everglades. Caution on language: hell and damn used often
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Cynthia DeFelice is the author of many bestselling titles for young readers, including the novels Wild Life, The Ghost of Cutler Creek, Signal, and The Missing Manatee, as well as the picture books, One Potato, Two Potato, and Casey in the Bath. Her books have been nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe Award and listed as American Library Association Notable Children's Books and Bank Street Best Childr ...more
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