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Alligator Bayou
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Wendy Lamb Books
Publication date May 11, 2010
Pages 280
Binding Paperback
Edition 1 reprint
Book category Juvenile Fiction
ISBN-13 9780553494174
ISBN-10 0553494171
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Original list price $8.99
Other format details juvenile
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: An unforgettable  novel, based on a true story, about racism against Italian Americans in the South in 1899.
 
Fourteen-year-old Calogero, his uncles, and his cousins are six Sicilians living in the small town of Tallulah, Louisiana, miles from any of their countrymen. They grow vegetables and sell them at their stand and in their grocery store.
 
Some people welcome the immigrants; most do not. Calogero's family is caught in the middle of tensions between the black and white communities. As Calogero struggles to adapt to Tallulah, he is startled and thrilled by the danger of midnight gator hunts in the bayou and by his powerful feelings for Patricia, a sharp-witted, sweet-natured black girl. Meanwhile, every day, and every misunderstanding between the white community and the Sicilians, bring Calogero and his family closer to a terrifying, violent confrontation.
 
In this affecting and unforgettable novel, Donna Jo Napoli's inspired research and spare, beautiful language take the classic immigrant story to new levels of emotion and searing truth. Alligator Bayou tells a story that all Americans should know.

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