This lush and bravely imagined debut novel takes us to the shimmering edge of reality as we get to know 13 year-old Ava Bigtree. Ava has lived her entire life at Swamplandia!, her family’s island home and gator-wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades. When illness fells Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, the family is plunged into chaos. Ava sets out on a mission through magical swamps to save them all. A bewitching novel. Trade paperback.