Sunday, November 8, 2015

Scrap City by D.S. Thornton

What would you think if a pile of junk at the junkyard started walking?  Would you run or would you talk to it?

Capstone Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.

Jerome is just killing time while his father, who works in real estate, tries to talk to the old man that owns the junkyard.  He's trying to convince him to sell but that's not going far.  When Jason goes down one row, he sees an old ice box and thinks it might be fun to look in.  When the box suddenly develops legs and walks off, he follows.  That's how he meets Arkie.  Arkie is looking for a new nose, he lost his other one.

This story spoke to me.  Arkie is a scrapper and, to Jerome's amazement, it turns out there is a whole city of them underground.  Jerome has to save them from the proposed development but if he does, his father may very well lose their house.  What to do? Jerome has already lost his mother and his little brother.  Now Arkie is like another little brother and he has to help him.  How?

The tale is well told with a bit of legend and a lot of fantasy.  It's an adventure tale left me feeling satisfied at the end.  Why don't you read it and see what you think?

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