When Fred takes stepsons Max and Charles to Elliott Island for a day of crabbing, none of them are expecting to encounter anything out of the ordinary. But all bets are off when you drive out that long narrow road to the End of the World.
An old woman gives them a giant snapping turtle to sell, and their day gets weird. And when they stumble across the same woman's gravestone--with her death date inscribed, but hidden in the ground--their trip becomes stranger still.
As every answer leads to more questions, what starts as a "Boys' Day Out" becomes an adventure that will not soon be forgotten.
"The Great Snapping Turtle Adventure is a lively, joyful splash into the rapidly disappearing cultural treasures of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay and one tiny Eastern Shore water community. Meet Max and Charles, two young boys highly skilled in the arts of insults and banter; curious, ready for adventure, and only a little bit afraid of ghosts. In one day they inherit a giant snapping turtle, discover the tombstone of someone still living, sample Chesapeake delicacies and come face-to-face with a grieving ghost! In the process, the boys learn important environmental lessons from those who still understand the delicate balance of give and take needed to preserve the Bay. Come to the 'End of the World', you might even see those miraculous dancing blue crabs!" -- Teresa Whitaker, Storyteller/Musician
"As a musician and storyteller, I was thrilled to find the best ghost story I've heard in a long time (with a singing ghost!). This story is chock full of lyrical descriptions of a land set apart from the hectic megalopolis, where sun & wind, water & land create an environment that makes even fast-paced urban visitors slow down. It will make you want to visit the Eastern Shore and make your own adventure!" -- Slim Harrison, Singer and Songwriter
"Beautifully written, charming illustrations. A delightful story of a step-dad and his two young sons as they share an unforgettable adventure over the course of one day on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Author Yaruta-Young has written a well-paced, fun-packed story, rich in detail -- how to catch a crab! how not to hold a snapping turtle! -- and peopled with unique characters, both real and other-worldly." -- Karen W. Chambers, Program Director (past), Cloisters Children's Museum, Baltimore, MD
Mom's Choice Awards Silver Award Recipient, November 2, 2015
"This short “mystery story for young teens” is a love letter to Maryland’s Eastern Shore, as seen through the eyes of two young boys and their stepfather... The author’s intended audience of young teenagers may really like this book—and also fall in love with its setting." - Kirkus Reviews - Read the full review here.