November 2011 Indie Next List
“Eric Parrish is perplexed when he discovers glowing mushrooms in the woods behind his home, but he's sure there's a scientific explanation. As the mushrooms encroach on the town, Eric deals with issues such as his parents' disintegrating marriage, friendship with a girl, and athletic aspirations. Scaletta, the author of Mudville and Mamba Point, has a keen appreciation of the issues confronting middle readers. His story is absorbing, and the situations and dialogue realistic. A great read!”
— Sally Wizik Wills, Sister Wolf Books, Park Rapids, MN
When 13-year-old Eric Parrish comes across glowing mushrooms in the woods behind his house, he's sure there's a scientific explanation. But when they start encroaching on the town—covering the football field and popping up from beneath the floorboards—Eric knows something's seriously wrong. Not that much else is going right: his parents are fighting, his little brother Brian is a little pill, and he's had a falling-out with his football team—over a pig.
Then a runaway girl from a nearby boarding school warns Eric that the fungus could portend the town's doom and leave it in rubble—just like the village that inexplicably disappeared in the exact same spot over 200 years ago. Eric, Brian, and Mandy set out to solve a very old mystery and save the town of Tanglewood.
About the Author
Kurtis Scaletta was born in Louisiana and grew up in several states and foreign countries, including Liberia, where this story takes place. Mamba Point is his second novel for young readers. His first book, Mudville, is a Booklist Top Ten Sports Book for Youth and was named a Midwest Connections Pick by the Midwest Booksellers Association.
Kurtis now lives in Minneapolis with his wife and several cats (but no snakes). To learn more about him, please visit www.kurtisscaletta.com.