Trouble in Troublesome Creek
Trouble in Troublesome Creek, has been
selected to represent Kentucky in the The Pavilion of the States at the 2010
National Book Festival in Washington, D.C on September 25th. One book
is selected to represent the literary traditions of each state. A list of all
the award winning books is available in a brochure called Discover Great
Places Through Reading. The festival, a celebration of the joy of
reading for all ages, is free and open to the public.
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This book is a sequel to The Munched-Up Flower Garden. The Troublesome Creek kids find strange looking rocks as they explore a cave. The rocks are Minnie balls, old bullets left by soldiers from the Civil War, over 150 years ago. Water from the cave drips onto the bullets and the lead-poisoned water is killing the fish in Troublesome Creek. Follow the adventure of the Troublesome Creek kids as they help clean up the environment and solve a mystery.
Oh, no! The kids of Troublesome Creek have uncovered a problem: Something is killing the fish in their favorite swimming hole. The cause is a mystery that must be solved.
Thus begins the tale of Trouble in Troublesome Creek from beloved Kentucky children’s author Nancy Kelly Allen.
Set in the real-life locale of
Troublesome Creek near Hazard, Allen’s latest story involves five precocious
youngsters determined to solve the mystery of what is polluting their creek.
Their quest leads them to question townspeople and then eventually to a
long-forgotten cave housing some antique bullets dating back to the Civil War.
In this, her second installment in the Troublesome Creek series, Allen continues to delight and amuse by using her trademark folksy writing style. Coupled with the bright, bold illustrations from K. Michael Crawford, it’s a amusing read that will entertain and delight.
--K. Melissa Burton, Kentucky Monthly, June/July 2010
“Lively! Very highly recommended as an inspiration example of persistence, bravery, and spirit for all young readers.”–Midwest Book Review
Readers of THE MUNCHED-UP GARDEN, the first volume in the green Troublesome Creek series, may recall the quiet boy of color, James. This time, he becomes the hero of Troublesome Creek when he discovers the legacy of a long-ago war that is killing the fish in the stream and poisoning the Troublesome Creek gang's swimming hole. This is an eco whodunit with a happy, kids-take-charge ending.