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The Boy Who Loved Alligators

Kennedy, Barbara *Inscribed by Author*

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ISBN 10: 0689318766 / ISBN 13: 9780689318764
Published by Atheneum, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1994
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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*Inscribed, signed, and date by Barbara Kennedy on the ffep. *First Printing hardcover (full-#-line) in Fine condition with a Fine - dj with minor bit of shelf-wear at the head and tail of the spine. *Collectible.* DJ cover illustration by Mike Dooling. A wonderful juvenile tale about a young boy and an alligator that are both ugly and unwanted. Takes place around Orlando, Fla. Bookseller Inventory # 000812

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Title: The Boy Who Loved Alligators

Publisher: Atheneum, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine -

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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After moving to Orlando, Florida, and befriending an alligator because he considers it to be as ugly and unwanted as he is, Jim starts to feel different about his life.

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Since his parents died when he was a baby, Jim--13 and woefully homely--has lived with his grandmother in Tampa. When she dies, the family meets to parcel him off. Things look grim until Billie relents. Despite ``a house, two mortgages and no man,'' she'll take him home to Orlando--but only for the summer, until her two daughters return from visiting their father. Jim resolves to make himself indispensable, but life has taught him some harsh lessons and he hardly dares hope. He settles into a routine of housework, mowing lawns, and babysitting and meets Mr. Morrison, who likes Jim to read his mail to him, and his dog Trudie. Mr. Morrison tells Jim that the alligators in a nearby lake will eat dogs and warns him never to feed them. But to Jim- -yearning for a confidante, desperate to control his own life, quick to identify with a creature as ugly as he thinks himself to be--feeding a gator is irresistible; the worst is inevitable. Still, he weathers the tragedy and moves toward being adopted by Billie and accepted by her daughters. The quiet story realistically captures Jim's pain and his ultimate relief; a revelatory moment when he first sees a photo of his parents is especially poignant. (Fiction. 8-12) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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