TARANTULA AND THE RED CHIGGER by Mary Elsie Robertson

TARANTULA AND THE RED CHIGGER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Ben, whose family spends summers in Arkansas with his grandmother, is disgruntled this year because his older brother will be at camp instead. But soon he takes up with neighbor Lonnie, whom the brothers had regarded as a pest but who now becomes the great Red Chigger to Ben's fantasy-life Tarantula. Wherever Lonnie is, Ben soon discovers, there is trouble--most conspicuously in the form of the Mannings, two tough older boys who steal their clothes at the swimming hole (a creek here), generally hassle them, and maroon them overnight on an island in revenge for Ben and Lonnie's snitching to the Army about the Mannings' illegal traps. With a wounded owl taken in and then reluctantly released, a friendly old man who lives in his van, an encounter with a rattler, and the usual taunts and gestures of friendship, it's an acceptable but not exceptional entertainment of the barefoot-boy variety.

Pub Date: Oct. 23rd, 1981
Publisher: Little, Brown