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The Cottonmouth Club Hardcover – March 24, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 15 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 900L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); First Edition edition (March 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374315620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374315627
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,519,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8–As this coming-of-age novel set in 1960s California opens, 11-year-old Mitch is gearing up for a summer of monster movies and sleepovers with his best friend. He is dismayed to learn that his family will be spending two months in rural Louisiana instead. Upon arrival, he is unimpressed with the small town and his overall-clad relatives. Over the next two months, he deals with a first crush, a raging bull, a charismatic troublemaker, and third-degree burns. By his 12th birthday, Mitch has learned to respect his country cousins and himself, and has made a successful transition to adolescence. For the first two thirds of this novel, the narrator's voice is inconsistent and stilted, and the plot meanders down several paths before settling on a main road. The author tries to weave in as many period pop-culture references as possible, and many of these details seem distracting and out of place. In the last six chapters, as the pace picks up and the characters begin to come to life, the book really redeems itself. Unfortunately, the target audience will probably have given up long before then.–Rachael Vilmar, Atlanta Fulton Public Library, GA
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From Booklist

Gr. 5-7. Eleven-year-old Mitch Valentine and his best friend are looking forward to the perfect summer (it is 1962) when his parents announce that he and his family will be spending it in rural Louisiana with his mother's relatives. His immediate despair slowly fades as he comes to appreciate Southern cooking, family stories, adventures with his five boy cousins, and a girl named Skeeter. The experiences are a much-needed counterweight to the heat, the bugs, and the ever-present threat of snakes. First-time novelist Marcum has crafted a completely believable, mostly likeable narrator in Mitch. Joking at every turn (with flatulence one of the favored topics) and observant almost to a fault, Mitch seems to relay his every action and thought, which may prove more than necessary for some readers. The story has its slow patches, but Marcum's accounts of Mitch's risk taking (running from a bull, climbing up a water tower) are vivid and memorable, and the lesson learned (steer clear of foolish dares from guys with mean streaks) is delivered without heavy-handedness. Abby Nolan
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I think ths could easily be the best book I have ever read.
Susan Grippi
A kids book, a teenagers book, an adult book, this book is entertaining and humerous for anyone who reads it.
Kevin P. Simoni
I've seen this book from the beginning stages back during my fourth grade years in 1992.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By speedy121 on December 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I know that this book hasn't even been released yet, but i have read the book before. He was my sixth grade teacher back in 1999. He read the book to us and all that I could think about when it was not being read was what was going to happen next! This book is amazingly compelling and Lance Marcum is a spectacular author. To all that think they may want to read this book, do so! It is one book that hits adults and kids all at the same time. Well, i know of at least 64 kids that it hit! As well, numerous others that "Mr.Marcum" had read the book to previously!
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Format: Hardcover
I was also blessed to have Mr. Marcum as a 6th grade teacher back in 2002. For a couple weeks, he read his book to us for an hour each day. After he was done, I was absolutely amazed by the time and effort he had put into it; and it shows. He even brought in his drafts to show us how much time and effort was involved...it consisted of 4 boxes stacked to the top filled with pages marked with red writing. This book is a piece of art. A kids book, a teenagers book, an adult book, this book is entertaining and humerous for anyone who reads it. Honestly the best book I have ever read... would make a very good movie.
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By John Lisle on May 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Memories of my childhood flooded back as I read this wonderful book. Lance Marcum has written a book that kids of all ages can enjoy. His main character's (Mitch Valentine) first person account of his summertime adventures is pure kid fun from start to finish! Although "The Cottonmouth Club" is a real "page turner", it took me longer than expected to read due to my LOL fits, which erupted with nearly every page! Girls and boys, men and women, this book has something for everyone, and to top it off teaches some valuable life lessons. Read it, you'll love it.
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Format: Hardcover
I've seen this book from the beginning stages back during my fourth grade years in 1992. Mr. Marcum took great care and pride in reading the working progress during class so he could get useful feedback. My teacher again in 1994, Lance repeatedly sought improvement on writing this novel he held so passionately. Now, over 12 years later, I'm confident that this is, indeed, a perfected project and will be enjoyed by everyone throughout its release!
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By Susan Grippi on June 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I also had Mr. Marcum as a teacher in 2002. I read this book three time while i was in the class, and brought chapters home for my dad to read and he loved it. I think ths could easily be the best book I have ever read. I read the complete version before it was published, so i hope they have not edited out some of the best parts. Go buy this book or order it here, you won't regret it.
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By Stefanie Carson on January 27, 2014
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This is a story that will immediately capture the interest of the reader. Good for the ten to fifteen year old set. Set in the south, the adventures of the main character will draw you into the story. Accurate historical details woven into a fun story. Enjoy!
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