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Hatcher Hampton is turning twelve. Per family tradition, he'll be entering his first fishing rodeo, hoping to prove he's better than his older brother. First prize wins $500--money that could save his family from eviction. Reality soon intervenes in Hatcher's heroic fantasy as he faces a one-armed man, boat blunders, and an old swamp legend, 'Ol Gator. But getting stuck in a horsefly-infested swamp with Grampa Grump and no extra underwear isn't what he had in mind. "Here fishy, fishy, fishy!"

The Craziest Fishing Tale on the Bayou

  • A New Orleans native, Gary Alipio is an award-winning advertising writer, a marketer and an amateur fisherman still searching for the illusive white whale. His ad work has been highlighted in Sports Illustrated, The New York Times and several named theme park coasters across the US. He's also an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and you can find his other tall and creepy middle grade stories in Bayou Bogeyman Presents Hoodoo and Voodoo. This is his first full novel. Find him on Twitter/Instagram @garygalipio or at

    About the Illustrator:

    Many, many thanks to the talented Sarah Gramelspacher for her brilliant illustrations that bring Hatcher's adventure to life. Feel free to review the illustrations as well and to follow her: @PishPosh_art &

  • ISBN: 1455623474
    8.5 x 5.5 Paperback
    96 Pages
    Published: February 22, 2018
    Features: Illustrated

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