Synopsis: In an isolated Louisiana swampland known as the Bathtub, young Hushpuppy and her father are part of a community that lives outside of the structure of modern society. When rising flood waters threaten the area, the young girl's resourcefulness and lively imagination are called into play as the region's residents face the approaching disaster.
On Sunday night at the Oscars, we learned the name Quvenzhane Wallis, a young lady that played Hush Puppy in the acclaimed movie, Beasts of the Southern Wild.
As anyone who follows me knows, my passion is reading and writing about my home state. I am fascinated with any story that includes the levees that I grew up along.
March 4, 2013: NOTE ADDED AFTER BUYING AND WATCHING THE MOVIE: I expected this film to be more of a story about actual people living along the levees of Louisiana. However, the people portrayed, and the situation they were in, had to be, I presume mostly the little girl's imagination. Interesting, but...
If you want to know how real levee-dwellers in Louisiana live ...read The Legend of Ghost Dog Island, which is historical. (Based on real people and places in the 1950s.)
The Legend of Ghost Dog Island
In my middle grade novel, The Legend of Ghost Dog Island, my young protagonist also lives with her fisherman father in the swamps and bayous. It is set in Pierre Part and Morgan City, Louisiana.
Synopsis: Behind every legend lies the truth. Moving is nothing new for ten-year-old Nikki Landry. Her fisherman father relocates their raggedy old houseboat several times a year in search of better crabbing spots. However, their latest move has brought her to a mysterious bayou where she feels something is watching her from a nearby island.
Nikki learns of a local legend about something sinister inhabiting those swamps, stealing the souls of dogs…which would explain the strange howling sounds. Papa reassures her there’s nothing on the island but gators and snakes. He would know. He’s spent his whole life trapping and fishing those bayous and swamps. But Nikki and her new friends uncover strange happenings from years ago that may have started the old legend, and town folks aren’t talking. Then her beloved beagle goes missing.Join Nikki as she seeks to discover the real truth behind the legend of Ghost Dog Island…before it’s too late.
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