The Great Swamp

By Scott Cramer

Joe loved his swamp next to the airport. It had mucky mud to burrow in, tasty grubs to munch on, a few scrawny water lilies to look at, and a flat rock for sunning himself on.

One day a crumpled picture blew into Joe’s home. His heart thumped faster at the sight of so many plump pink water lilies in Paris, France. He had to see this ‘Great Swamp’.

Joe crawled across the warm airport pavement and rode the conveyor belt into the jet bound for France. Wedged between two suitcases, he dreamed about swimming in the Great Swamp.

The customs official in France stamped the bottom of Joe’s shell: New York – Handle with Care.

Joe rode round and round the luggage carousel until the pilot picked him up. “You must see the great fountain in Saint Michael’s Square,” the pilot said. “We’ll take a cab.”

The cool, bubbly water felt good. Joe swam to the bottom of the fountain and nibbled on a shiny coin. Grubs tasted much better.

“You must see the great reflecting pool in Luxembourg Gardens,” a girl told Joe. She carefully placed him in her backpack, and they headed off on her skateboard.

Joe had fun racing a toy sailboat, and that made him hungry. A woman scattered breadcrumbs on the shimmering water, but goldfish gobbled up all the crumbs before he could get there.

“You must see our great river, the Seine,” a boy said and cradled Joe under his arm. “We’ll ride the Metro together.”

The river current was strong, and Joe swam over to the river bank to rest. “You must see our great museum,” an artist said. She scooped Joe up and gently placed him in her wooden box of paints and brushes.

Joe blinked. The Great Swamp hung on the wall. It was a painting. All of a sudden, he felt homesick, and a tear rolled down his cheek. The artist snapped his picture.

Later, the museum curator raced over to show Joe the newspaper. It had a big picture of Joe with the headline: ‘Turtle Moved to Tears by Claude Monet Painting’

The curator set up an aquarium, and soon thousands of people lined up to see Joe.

Joe’s new home had clean sand on the bottom, a heat lamp, all the crispy lettuce he could eat, and, of course, an excellent view of the Great Swamp. But he missed his swamp by the airport.

One evening, as Joe was floating on his back, the janitor exclaimed, “You are from New York!” Joe rolled over and over and then paddled in circles. He made it clear that he wanted to go home.

Fitting for a VIT (Very Important Turtle), Joe was driven to the airport in a motorcade with sirens blaring and lights flashing.

Joe rode in the cockpit. The clouds looked like giant pink water lilies blooming in the blue sky.

Back home, Joe snacked on grubs until he was sleepy and then he napped on his flat, sunny rock. When he opened his eyes, he saw the greatest water lilies ever.

©Scott Cramer 2015



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La notte della luna viola

Per Abby Leigh, la luna viola era solo l’inizio…
La polvere di una cometa di passaggio tinge la luna di viola, ma è anche portatrice di un agente patogeno letale che aggredisce gli ormoni prodotti durante la pubertà. Gli adulti muoiono nel giro di poche ore. La tredicenne Abby deve aiutare suo fratello Jordan e la sua sorellina Toucan a sopravvivere in questo nuovo mondo. Abby combatte contro la fame e gang violente, ma è impotente di fronte alla minaccia più terribile: la bomba a orologeria che è la sua adolescenza.

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A UK reader says…
on 18 October 2015
So far I have only read the first of this trilogy but I had to post my review even before reading the other two. This one of the most unputdownable books I have ever read. It may be meant to be for teenagers, well, I left my teens behind a very long time ago, but I still found the story incredible.
The way the children on the island cope with this horrendous situation is amazing, and my first reaction was, no, they would be more like the children in The Lord of the Flies, but realised that the author had got it right when Abbey and Jordan get to the mainland and find how other children had coped.
I hope I will be able to write more when I have read the other two books, but I am not sure if I will be allowed to write another review.
All I can say is, start reading this, and I bet you can’t put it down.

“The beauty of being human” – Generation M review

Amazon review

One of the best series I have read in a long time. It was wonderful,thought provoking and inspiring. It literally takes you to another place.It brings to life the beauty of being Human, our capacity for both good and evil but never negating the fact that the foundation of the human race is based on love, family, determination and our need to ensure our survival. Beautifully written, well done Scott Cramer well done.

“Intense and gripping”…The Toucan Trilogy

Amazon review:

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was intense and gripping and heart wrenching. I’d say it was written on a middle grade to young adult level. The writing was simplistic but beautiful, which made it an easy read. The author’s descriptive writing style was perfect for me, and I was able to relate to the characters on a personal level. I really liked how the author described all the emotions.

The kids in these novels are fighters. Abby and Jordan are the strongest kids I’ve ever read about. The struggles they go through and the fact that they never give up just astounded me.

The author had a way of pulling you into the simplest scene and making it so intense that you couldn’t put the book down. One of my favorite ones what the landing of the plane in the third novel.

Exciting stuff. I plan to read more by this author. I’d rate this PG. about half a dozen swear words, a few spattered in the beginning of the first novel and in the third novel, but I’d let my eleven year old read it.


Night of the Purple Moon – Goodreads review

4 stars

Although I am not a great fan of young adult literature (I’m 58), this book was a very good read and has piqued my interest enough that I would like to finish the trilogy. A variety of characters, all with their strengths and weaknesses, and a fairly fast-paced (though perhaps not original) plot kept my interest. The interplay among the characters and variety of emotions were quite realistic and caused me to be able to empathize with the good characters.

Toucan Trilogy review — “Read it now”

From  Goodreads

If you have not yet read “Night of the Purple Moon,” read it now. And then read this (2nd) title in the Toucan Trilogy by Scott Cramer. In book one, the youth of the world have to make hard decisions on how to survive w/o adults and in book 2 (Colony East) the kids are hit with a 2nd illness and the challenges provided by surviving with the adults who remain. These stories are interesting, intense and thought provoking. I am currently midway through “Generation M,” the 3rd and final title. I highly recommend all three books and encourage anyone to read them, regardless of your usual reading interests.

A nice change

From Amazon Customer – The Toucan Trilogy (Three dystopian novels: Night of the Purple Moon, Colony East & Generation M)

I loved the fresh take on the dystopian society, with kids running the show and figuring out how to cope in a world struck by believable tragedy. The author did a great job of developing characters and relationships, I was hooked!