The Ballad of Tubs Marshfield (Hardcover)
Fans of Sara Pennypacker and Katherine Applegate will love this thrilling environmental fable—filled with laughter, music, and adventure.
There’s no other place Tubs Marshfield would rather be than singing a song in his perfect little swamp along the Louisiana bayou. His music can make anyone feel happy.
But something terrible is happening within the swamp that even Tubs’ songs can’t fix—and it’s making his neighbors feel sick! No one knows what to do, least of all Tubs.
A mysterious prophecy may hold the key…or send Tubs away from his friends forever.
About the Author
Cara Hoffman is the author of three critically acclaimed novels for adults: Running (a New York Times Editor's Choice), Be Safe I Love You (nominated for a Folio Prize), and So Much Pretty (a New Yorker Books Pick and New York Times Best Suspense Novel of 2011). She is also the author of the popular middle grade novel Bernard Pepperlin (a Junior Library Guild Selection). She has written for Rolling Stone, the New York Times, Paris Review, Bookforum, and National Public Radio, among others, and has been a visiting writer at University of Oxford. She lives in Manhattan and teaches at the Stonecoast MFA program at University of Southern Maine.
“Hoffman brings the rich beauty of the ancient swamp to life … [and] shines a sharp light on humans’ damaging impact on nature, the story also shows the inspiring power of setting aside differences and working together to make change.”
— Publishers Weekly
"Spritely and fun."
— Kirkus Reviews
PRAISE FOR BERNARD PEPPERLIN:
“Hoffman deftly creates a compellingly different kind of Wonderland, a place with its own set of realities and whose residents understand that, in spite of their differences, they are stronger together than apart. Everything a fantasy should be and more.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A quirky flight of fancy with a rich lineage.”
— Publishers Weekly
"Hoffman cleverly mingles familiar themes and tropes from Carroll’s famous novel with wry humor. A great read-alike for fans of Roald Dahl, E.B. White, and Katherine Applegate."
— School Library Journal
“Bernard and his newfound friends—revolutionary rats, wise-cracking cats, and coffee-chugging squirrels, to name a few—will delight and inspire readers of all ages. New York City will never be the same again!”
— Erin Entrada Kelly, Newbery Medal-winning author of Hello Universe
“What do you get when you put one lost little mouse into a big city filled with singing cockroaches, hungry falcons, magic teapots, and conniving weasels? An utterly charming, delightful tale of bravery and friendship!”
— Bobbie Pyron, award-winning author of A Pup Called Trouble
"Bernard Pepperlin sparkles! Small animals—human and otherwise—will be inspired by Cara Hoffman’s charming middle grade debut."
— Sherri L. Smith, author of The Toymaker’s Apprentice