The Ballad of Sixteen
by P. V. LeForge
A long story-poem about some very unusual denizens of the Florida Everglades who band together to stop a gang of poachers who have set up shop in their neighborhood.
Trixie McQueen, Jumpy Jim Camp, Smelly, Senor Skin, Big Ned, Sick Sam and the rest are characters you won't soon forget. Written in a style between Longfellow and Robert W. Service, this book is a hoot from start to finish.