An adventure novel, idea for readers ages 11–15
by Scott T. Gill
Crispin Books • October 1, 2013
Trade Softcover • 238 pages • 5.5″ x 8.5″
Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure /Historical
$13.95 • ISBN 978-1-883953-60-7
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Social Issues: Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Social Issues: Prejudice & Racism
Memphis history & cultural geography
This Crispin Books edition replaces
an earlier July 2012 edition, now out of print,
by Glass Page Books (ISBN: 978-0985255824)
“. . . [A]n amazing story, bringing the reader to the painful reality of poverty, through the bowels of Memphis, and into a friendship tested by fire. Although it takes place in darkness, the light Albert and Elijah bring to the page goes far beyond the lamplight they carry. Scott Gill is now on my list of ‘must-read authors’!”
– Jessica Schaub, author of Unforgettable Roads
“While this tale is written for a younger audience, Gill’s prose is engaging and his subject matter appeals to an older audience. His plot is full of both biblical and literary allusions that make the story meaningful for readers of all ages.”
– Frank Nappi, author of The Legend of Mickey Tussler
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Albert McClune is bigger than most kids in his neighborhood. A large, soft boy, he dreams of being a hero, to turn his family’s fortunes and return the happiness lost with his brother Pete. But Albert is crippled by fear and shame. Fleeing home, he meets Elijah Amos Fortune Jones, an odd and charismatic boy who takes Albert on a treasure hunt deep into the Memphis city sewers and a network of uncharted caves.
They face a voodoo priest, swim in rat-infest- ed tunnels, and engage in a deadly race for the lost ransom of Machine Gun Kelly. But beware the man-sized catfish!
Goliath Catfish is a gripping adventure story set in the environs of Memphis, Tennessee, in the early 1940s. The coming- of-age tale is reminiscent of the literary adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer . . . the story of two boys – one white, one black – who take a remarkable journey into an underworld where they discover much about themselves and each other in a dangerous quest for great treasure.
Scott T. Gill was a minister for nearly 15 years, then left the “cloth” to pursue a career in teaching and telling stories. As a middle school teacher and coach, he teaches writing and inspires athletes from the sidelines. He grew up in Memphis and now lives in Rockwall, Texas.