I still don't know why I couldn't get into the story since it sounds like something that would be up my alley. Here's the book description from Amazon: Thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree has lived her entire life at Swamplandia!, her family’s island home and gator-wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades. But when illness fells Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, the family is plunged into chaos; her father withdraws, her sister falls in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, defects to a rival park called The World of Darkness. As Ava sets out on a mission through the magical swamps to save them all, we are drawn into a lush and bravely imagined debut that takes us to the shimmering edge of reality.
You may be wondering... if I didn't even read the book, why is there a blog post about it today? The truth is that I hate missing out on a challenge... especially my favorite ones! I couldn't resist making something alligator inspired!
I had picked up some pewter rings that have a texture that reminds me of reptile skin that seemed like a perfect starting point... I made some dangles from dyed fire agate that felt a little bit alligator and a lot swampy. I kept them pretty simple adding blackened and dull silver findings.
This is a blog hop too... please stop by Andrew's blog HERE to see what people who actually read the book had to say about it and what they were inspired to make!