Mamba Point

Mamba Point When his dad gets a job at the U S embassy in Liberia twelve year old Linus Tuttle knows it s his chance for a fresh start Instead of being his typical anxious self from now on he ll be cooler and b

  • Title: Mamba Point
  • Author: Kurtis Scaletta
  • ISBN: 9780375861802
  • Page: 232
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When his dad gets a job at the U.S embassy in Liberia, twelve year old Linus Tuttle knows it s his chance for a fresh start Instead of being his typical anxious self, from now on he ll be cooler and bolder the new Linus But as soon as his family gets off the plane, they see a black mamba one of the deadliest snakes in Africa Linus s parents insist mambas are rare, buWhen his dad gets a job at the U.S embassy in Liberia, twelve year old Linus Tuttle knows it s his chance for a fresh start Instead of being his typical anxious self, from now on he ll be cooler and bolder the new Linus But as soon as his family gets off the plane, they see a black mamba one of the deadliest snakes in Africa Linus s parents insist mambas are rare, but the neighborhood is called Mamba Point, and Linus can barely go outside without tripping over one he s sure the venomous serpents are drawn to him Then he hears about kasengs, and the belief that some people have a deep, mysterious connection to certain animals Unless Linus wants to hide in his apartment forever drawing or playing games with the strange kid downstairs while his older brother meets girls and hangs out at the pool , he has to get over his fear of his kaseng animal Soon he s not only keeping a black mamba in his laundry hamper he s also feeling braver than ever before Is it his resolution to become the new Linus, or does his sudden confidence have something to do with his scaly new friend From Kurtis Scaletta, author of Mudville, comes a humorous and compelling story of a boy learning about himself through unexpected friends, a fascinating place, and an extraordinary animal.

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    2 thoughts on “Mamba Point

    1. Kurtis Scaletta is the author of several books for young readers including Mudville, which was short listed for the Mark Twain Readers Award, and The Tanglewood Terror, which was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award He lives in Minneapolis with wife and son and some cats.

    2. Mamba Point is a tightly wound tale that will make you laugh, hold you in suspense, and have you checking underneath your bed to make sure there aren’t any mambas slithering about. I had not one, but two dreams about mambas while reading it. So here’s my review: two thumbs way up, five out of four stars, on a scale of 10, it’s an eleven, insert your own hyperbole. The thing to do now is to order Mamba Point and read it without letting me tell you anything further. Have I ever steered you w [...]

    3. I was interested in this book for a couple of reasons. First of all it is set in Liberia a few years after I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in nearby Sierra Leone. Secondly, when I was the age of the protagonist I spent a year in Germany, on the fringe of the US Embassy culture so felt I could identify with the main character in many ways. So anyway, this is the story of twelve-year-old Linus Tuttle who moves to Monrovia, Liberia when his dad gets a job at the US Embassy there. A nervous kid [...]

    4. There are hints along the way that this book isn't set in Liberia of 2010, even if one doesn't know the exact political situation of the country as it currently exists. The main character, Linus, talks of watching Major League Baseball baseball games featuring pitchers Tom Seaver and Rollie Fingers, both long gone from the league (and enshrined in the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, New York) by 2010. There's also the Atari video game system that Linus and his friends play, admittedly a hot commodi [...]

    5. I'd give this a 3 1/2 if I could. I saw Mamba Point at the library and checked it out when I saw that it's written from the perspective of a foreign service kid in 1980s Liberia. I completely identified with the setting and the main character, 12-year-old Linus, who is determined to leave his old 'fraidy-cat self back in Dayton and become someone new in Liberia. I absolutely love the main story about Linus and his mamba friend, but I can't say much about it without giving things away.I don't go [...]

    6. When you’re an adult a weird and mild form of multiple personality disorder overcomes you when you read Middle Grade Fiction. When you’re reading a really good book, in this case Mamba Point by Kurtis Scaletta, part of your personality is overtaken by the twelve-year-old you once were. You revel in the danger and intrigue of the story. At other points the grown-up part of your personality takes over. You gasp and think “stupid kid, what are you doing?”I did both while reading about Linus [...]

    7. The book opens on the plane, the Tuttles are headed to Monrovia, Liberia- Dad has a diplomatic assignment there. Lawrence and Linus are chatting when Lawrence turns to Linus and says, "From now on I am Law- no more Larry." Point taken. Linus would love to leave the old, anxiety ridden little Linus in the states. He wisely realizes that changing his name will not do the trick. He knows what he wants to change, the task is how. This is the story of Linus first summer in Monrovia. Law, Mom and Dad [...]

    8. Our family has lived overseas for 23 years, and this is the best book I’ve ever read to describe expat life as we know it. The book is well targeted for middle schoolers – quick clear sentences and situations, with just enough significant detail. 12 year-old Linus Tuttle has just moved with his family to Liberia. He has a lot to adjust to, but first he must come to terms with his own insecurities. He is a boy after all, prone to obsess over girls and games and group dynamics no matter where [...]

    9. One of the first things Linus sees when he steps off the plane in his new home of Liberia is a black mamba, the deadliest snake in the whole country. He notices the snake more and more, and it seems almost friendly. Linus feels himself becoming more like the snake—braver, bolder—but will his mystical connection to this spirit animal help him reinvent himself, or put his whole family in danger?I used this as one of my middle school booktalks, and a girl came by after school the next day to as [...]

    10. This book takes place in Liberia in 1982. Linus and his family move from Dayton, Ohio to Liberia when his father takes a job at the American embassy there. Linus is 12 and has always been very anxious and scared of things. He wants to make a change for himself with this move. When he first gets to Liberia he sees a mamba, a very deadly snake. Later he keeps seeing a mamba and seems to bond with this snake and have no fear of it. Linus eventually takes it home as a secret pet. The inevitable happ [...]

    11. Thank you, First Reads, for a free advance copy of this Mamba Point. The phase of the moon worked in my favor this time!I really enjoyed Mamba Point. For starters, I really appreciated Linus as a character. I think any kid (and a lot of us adults!) like to think about how we can be better and cooler and maybe a bit different, when we move somewhere new, or at the beginning of a new school year. I've also had the experience of moving to a foreign country and been through that (really fun) adjustm [...]

    12. I checked this book out of the public library because the cover was facing me. I had no expectations about it or any idea what it might hold for me.This is the story of two brothers who move to Liberia with their parents because Dad is going to work for the US embassy. The older brother decides to go by Law instead of Larry because he gets a fresh start. Linus, the protagonist, wants to be different, change his persona but doesn't think changing his name will help; he is a 'fraidy cat' by his ow [...]

    13. Although a bit slow moving at times, this was a creative story that would be loved by snake loving boys. It is also rich with prewar Liberian culture - particularly folk lore of snake stories. Linus is 10 when his dad gets a job in Liberia. He finds himself face to face with the vicious Black Mamba snake several times in the first few days and, through a new friend, believes he has a kaseng - a deep spiritual connection to a wild animal. He secretly befriends a 7 foot long black mamba (it wraps [...]

    14. I was especially interested in this book because I'm thinking of doing a middle grade fiction class with the author, and because MAMBA POINT is set in Liberia in the 1980s, and deals with the 12yo American main character's sense of displacement and how he copes with the anxieties of being a preteen in Africa. The story starts quietly, with days of Atari and role playing games, but Scaletta keeps upping the stakes in a very realistic and gripping way. I was quite moved by the conclusions the book [...]

    15. This is a well crafted story about a boy and his family who move from Ohio to Monrovia, Liberia. The boy is insecure and deathly afraid of snakes. He learns to befriend a snake to overcome his fears and become a bolder person. He makes friends, helps others with troubled situations, causes a few conflicts of his own, and learns a lot about another culture and land. Good character development, area description, cultural elements, and the story keeps moving along. It was hard to put this book down [...]

    16. Terrific, realistic fiction. Although the book is set in Liberia in 1982, many kids will recognize themselves in Linus, who decides that he will take on a new, braver persona when his family moves from Dayton to Liberia. The story contains wonderful details from the author's own experiences there - such as the snap-shake and life on the American Embassy grounds - but Scaletta never lets the setting overwhelm the character's own quest. Scaletta also does a fine job of conveying the idea of a kase [...]

    17. This was fairly good, although odd. I never visited Liberia during the time frame in which the book is set, so I can't speak to it, but much of the setting felt right, if right in a superficial way. The embassy kids reminded a great deal of the embassy kids I knew in Togo - in fact "Matt" was almost a dead ringer (personality) for a guy I knew, who introduced me to Star Frontiers and loaned me his 1st ed DMG and PHB. The story veers between mundane and fantastic, and at times, appears to be out [...]

    18. I was completely captured by the cover, but I was not that interested in the actual story. Linus Tuttle has some anxiety problems and is hoping for a fresh start when he moves with his family to Liberia for his dad's embassy job. Linus develops a connection to a deadly mamba snake, and it helps Linus build confidence. The author used his own life experience to describe life as an embassy kid in Africa, and I liked those details. As a mom, I had a hard time with some of the parenting details (the [...]

    19. It's about a boy that his name is Linus and his family moved to Liberia. Because his Dad got a job at the U.S. embassy. And his brother changed his name to Law. Now he is living in the U.S. apartments having a good time but it always rains. And when he got of the airport he was black mamba was moving at him but a man killed it. And he does not have any friends.Linus whats friends and his bother already has friends and Linus was jealous. Then he goes to the pool and he finds him so friends plying [...]

    20. When Linus has to move to Africa he decides he will change his personality. When the first thing the family encounters is a black mamba, Linus feels like he has a connection with it. Soon he is taking care of it in his old hamper. When this poisonous snake bites his brother he is in big trouble. Everything seems to go wrong. His friend is in jail, his brother is in the hospital,Linus almost killed his snake by dropping it from the third story of his apartment, there are tiny lizards running rapi [...]

    21. Genere: Realistic FictionPublication Date: 2010In this book, we are introduced to Linus, a teenage boy who was uprooted by his parents from Dayton, Ohio to live in the capital of Liberia. As soon as Linus, gets off the plane he is confronted by a Black Mamba, which is one of the most deadliest snakes in Africa. It does not take Linus long to figure out that he has a strange relationship with Black Mambas. This is a coming of age book where Linus changes from a boy with high anxiety to a teen who [...]

    22. This book is really funny. Linus is a smart, funny, and laughable kid hat you want to hang out with. Seriously, I'm telling the truth. Linus, as in the Peanuts Comics, the one that always carries the blanket around, has Linus (one in this book) always being made fun of. Then, he sees a black mamba, and he begins to change, all because of a freash, new start and a stranger or two. It's really funny, so you better READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    23. A story of a boy and his connection to Black Mambas in Liberia. I can't say that I enjoyed itough I found it weirdly intriguing and I found myself anxious to discover just how the author would tie up all of the details. The cultural tidbits about Liberia and West Africa were interesting. I am just curious enough to visit the author's website to learn more about his other books. kurtisscaletta

    24. Very unusual story about an American boy living in Liberia in the 1980s. Readers will enjoy the details about video games, adjusting to life in another country, and especially the mysterious connection between the main character and a black mamba snake. Good for readers who like over-the-top tales like Maniac Magee or Holes.

    25. An unusual story of a twelve year old boy who moves to Liberia with his family in 1982 when his father gets a posting to the American embassy there. Determined to become less anxious and more popular, he tries to do some of the things his older brother enjoys, but his encounters with a deadly black mamba soon lead him down a different path.

    26. This book was a good book thaat at first moved very slowly and then got very exciting at the end. It takes place in the 80s and shows what life is like living in in another country. I recomend this book to kids ages 15 or younger.

    27. Quirky. I liked that it was set in 1982- Pac Man, Atari. Set in Liberia. I could hear the reggae music playing. Linus is drawn to Mambas or they are drawn to him- when his family moves to Liberia for his father's embassy job. The snakes are deadly but oddly help him overcome his fears.

    28. I enjoyed this story of Linus and his experience moving to Liberia for his parents' jobs. A nervous kid, he is able to reinvent himself for a fresh start. This includes developing a strange mystical connection to a Black Mamba snake, meeting interesting people and just growing up.

    29. I can't write an objective review of this book because my friendship with the author predisposed me to like it. I can say, though, that I finished reading it in an afternoon when I only intended to read for an hour and I had fairly important work I should have been doing. I couldn't put it down.

    30. I didn't really find this book all that interesting until the end. I don't think I will buy this for the elementary level because of the underage drinking. It seems like more of a middle school book.

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