Sugar Creek Gang: The Swamp Robber by Paul Hutchens
William Jasper "Bill" Collins and his five friends are growing up in a small rural town. Bill and his friend Roy "Dragonfly" Gilbert discover a hidden disguise while out fishing one summer afternoon. The next day, police report a bank robber on the loose and possibly in the area. Bill and Dragonfly get together with their Sugar Creek Gangâ€”Little Jimmy Foote, Big Jim, Leslie "Poetry" Thompson, and Daniel "Circus" Browneâ€”to discuss what they can do about it. Mix in a missing old man from the hills, his long-lost nephew, and the resident drunk and it adds up to quite an adventure for a group of boys, all but one under the age of twelve.
Overall, this is a fun and easy read. I realize this is a Christian book, but still I think it weighs a little heavy on the preachy side. I would recommend The Swamp Robber by Paul Hutchens to any of my friends with boys or girls ages 8-12.
Cute story. I think it is similar to The Boxcar Children. Perfect for the suggested age group. It is a bit dated, I think the orginal printing date is 1940. In any event, I still think a young child will find it exciting and adventurous.