Charles Mink Princess of the Everglades

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Princess of the Everglades

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9780910923989: Princess of the Everglades

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This distinctly Southern first novel stars mannerly Sheila and tomboyish Skeezix Quintaine, 10-year-old geniuses known as the Amazing Mandolin Twins of Kirk Quintaine's Progressive Mandolin Orchestra. Kirk, their unaffectionate father, is obsessed with his invention, "Indian Jazz": ragtime versions of American Indian songs played exclusively on mandolins and sung by his wife, Lily, dressed as a squaw. On the road from North Dakota in September 1926, the Orchestra is trapped in Fort Myers, Fla., in a hurricane. The twins are in a rowboat heading toward safety when Sheila falls overboard and is swept into the Everglades; taken in by Seminole Indians, she awaits rescue and manages to shed some of her prim demeanor. Unfortunately, the likably weird personalities in Kirk's troupe cannot carry the novel, which is burdened by underdeveloped portrayals of the Indians and bland characterizations of the famous personages who join the search for Sheila, among them an 80-year-old Thomas Edison, his admiring friend Henry Ford, a moody Charles Lindbergh and, most ridiculously, Al Capone.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

This extravaganza of a first novel follows the misadventures of Kirk Quintaine's Progressive Mandolin Orchestra as it tours south Florida in the 1920s, preaching the gospel of a new musical form Kirk calls Indian Jazz. When a hurricane carries off Sheila, one of the Quintaine's ten-year-old twins, it takes the combined efforts of Thomas Edison, Charles Lindbergh, and Al Capone to locate the resourceful youngster in the Everglades. Mink deftly orchestrates his wildly improbable plot and exotic cast of characters, striking very few false notes. Particularly enchanting are the twins Sheila and Skeezix, whose combination of precociousness, naivete, and sagacity serves as a foil to the theoretically mature adults. This is sure to please fiction fans in public libraries.
- Andrea Caron Kempf, John son Cty. Community Coll. Lib., Overland Park, Kan.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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