Key, Watt Terror at Bottle Creek, 208 pages. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2016. $16. Langauge: PG (8 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (crocodile hunt, bloody animals killing other animals).
As far as Cort is concerned, he is more than happy to see the backside of his mother as she walks away, leaving only Cort, 13, and his father living on their houseboat in the Alabama swamp. They tend the boat launch for his best friend Liza’s family and eke out a living from taking tourists and hunters into the swamps. When a hurricane descends, Cart’s dad is off chasing his mother, leaving Cort behind and angry. During the hurricane disaster strikes, and Cort is stranded with Liza and her little sister, desperate to find some place safe as the waters rise higher and higher.
Key knows life in the swamps and paints a vibrant, if disturbing picture of nature’s frantic struggle to survive against all odds. An excellent choice for boys who crave realistic adventure. Show this to fans of Hatchet and other survival-type books.
MS – ESSENTIAL. Cindy, Library teacher