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The green machine and the frog crusade
Tchudi, Stephen, 1942-
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New York : Delacorte Press, [1987]

Sixteen-year-old David chooses to fight his father, other area businessmen, and a powerful developer when a planned shopping mall threatens to destroy wildlife in nearby marshland.
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Booklist Review

Gr. 6-9. Intelligent, serious David Morgan is shocked when he discovers that the local swamp, a place of fascination for him since childhood, is to be filled in to make way for a shopping mall. Unwilling to stand by for what he perceives as unnecessary ecological destruction (he's raised frogs for years), he enlists the aid of a friend and of a semiretired attorney to help him challenge the local government and big business. While his parents don't initially interfere with his plans, his campaign becomes a problem at home when his father announces plans to rent a store in the new center and his lively younger sister recruits a bunch of her fellow freshmen to help David gather petition signatures. Tchudi overdoes it somewhat when the freshmen eventually turn up dressed in green (The Green Machine) chanting ``Froggie, froggie,'' and his attempts to make David's buddy Mike a humorous smart mouth fall flat, but he delivers an interesting message at the close when David realizes that while he has triumphed at the ballot box, he's really only postponed the inevitable. SZ. Conservation of natural resources Fiction [OCLC] 86-24120

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-8 David and Mike are square but super 16 year olds in a small Wisconsin town that is about to be hit with creeping suburbanism. Mike is deep into photography while David's interest is frogs. Yes, frogs. When his beloved swamp is threatened by shopping center developers, David enlists the help of Gaylord Harrison, a friend-of-good-causes lawyer, and the three mount a campaign to fight the encroachment. But matters are complicated by the fact that David's father wants to move his ailing hardware business to the new development. David and Mike seem to win out in the end, but not quite. Thus, this is sort of a save-the-environment story with family relationship complications and overtones of a lesson in civics. While the story is credible, it is also overly familiar and it lacks the fun and sparkle of Tchudi's The Burg-O-Rama Man (Delacorte, 1983) . Robert Unsworth, Scarsdale Jr. High School, N.Y. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.