Kekaju and the Hidden Swamp by Robert W. Sweeting
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Review of Kekaju and the Hidden Swamp
A boy’s thirteenth birthday ought to be a really special day, especially for a boy who’s already had enough sorrow in his young life. Not so for Zachary Bonroy, whose mother went out to the market one day and just never returned. On his thirteenth birthday, as his father and he are headed out to breakfast in New Orleans’ French Quarter, Zach stops to check out the home of his Great-Aunt’s former husband—and his father is killed in a senseless streetcar accident. Now Zach is alone and wants to be on his own—but his wacky Great Aunt shows up and takes him to her home, an isolated run-down house on the edge of a long-abandoned plantation, next to a swamp. It isn’t too long before Zach discovers talking animals, good vs. evil in the swamp, and some of the secrets hidden at the old plantation home.
A multi-threaded contemporary fantasy, and what promises to be only the first in a series, “Kekaju and the Hidden Swamp” juggles a wild cast of characters, including many talking animals and wildlife—even some of the trees talk in this story! And oh, yes, this is Southern Louisiana, so don’t forget the voodoo and the zombies.
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