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Trash Mountain

Trash Mountain

When the gray squirrels kill his parents, a young red squirrel vows revenge, finding unlikely allies in the rats and gulls of Trash Mountain.

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ISBN 9781467712347
Barcode 9781467712347
Published 1 April 2015 by Lerner Publishing Group
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Yolen, Jane
Series Fiction - Middle Grade
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ISBN-13 9781467712347
ISBN-10 1467712345
Stock Available
Status Title is temporarily out of stock
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda
Publication Date 1 April 2015
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Yolen, Jane
Series Fiction - Middle Grade
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Award Winning
Number of Pages 184
Dimensions Width: 145mm
Height: 224mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 355g
Interest Age Children
Reading Age Children
Library of Congress Animals, Squirrels, Survival, Red squirrels, Introduced animals
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 549784

Description of this Book

When the gray squirrels kill his parents, a young red squirrel vows revenge, finding unlikely allies in the rats and gulls of Trash Mountain.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Commended for Moonbeam Children's Book Award (Pre-Teen Fiction) 2015
NZ Review Little Nutley, a happy and sensitive red squirrel, has a fine life high in a tree with his parents. They feed him seeds and try to teach him the wisdom he'll need to evade harm from the increasingly numerous gray squirrels who are taking over their piece of forest. Tragically, after Nutley leaves the tree on a brief foray, his parents die in a gray squirrel attack. Young Nutley is thrown into a life-or-death flight to Trash Mountain and its dangerous denizens rats and gulls. There he finds surprising allies. This is a gripping story, right-sized for children but with all the authentic drama of any novel. The illustrations by Duluth artist Chris Monroe who certainly knows the heart of a squirrel warm the book and pull it back from the dangerous edge of the didactic. Star Tribune --Newspaper Beloved children's author Yolen offers a fable about accepting others in spite of their differences and respecting the natural environment. Imaginative and inquisitive Nutley is a tiny red squirrel. In an attempt to become more daring and worldly, he leaves the safety of his family's nest and sets out for Trash Mountain, the local landfill. Smelly, inhospitable, and lawless, the landfill is teeming with rats, gulls, and mean gray squirrels who dislike outsiders. Nutley must make unlikely alliances in order to navigate the dangers of Trash Mountain and overcome his enemies. After each chapter a 'this you should know' summary provides facts about the species mentioned in the book and about the effects of dumping some of the objects found on Trash Mountain. Simple but winsome black-and-white illustrations highlight the action, and appropriately portioned chapters make this book a perfect selection for the reader who is new to novels. Booklist --Journal When an inquisitive red squirrel named Nutley summons the nerve to offer the 'Paw of Friendship' to a group of nearby gray squirrels, they respond by tossing him off a cliff. Fearing for his life after the Grays subsequently kill his parents, Nutley escapes to a landfill, Trash Mountain, where he settles in among the rats and gulls. 'It was said that the very earth of Trash Mountain was sullied and malodorous, which is another way of saying it stank, ' writes Yolen (Stone Angel) in one of several context-bringing sections titled 'This You Should Know, ' which appear between chapters. A story of identity and survival develops into one of friendship, courage, and teamwork, culminating in a tense showdown between the Grays and the landfill residents. Yolen balances the story's more upsetting moments with humor (a good bit of it is delivered by Larie, a rude but loyal gull Nutley befriends), while Monroe's (Monkey with a Tool Belt) b&w illustrations a mix of heavily inked scenes and wiry spot art capture Nutley's affability and determination to survive. Publishers Weekly --Journal Nutley, a young red squirrel, lives with his doting parents on a small English farm. He longs to explore the outside world: ask questions, explore, perhaps even be as Dangerous as the gray squirrels who have overrun the farm and pose a threat to the reds. Their threat is realized when grays attack and kill Nutley's parents. He is forced to seek refuge in the neighboring landfill where Larie, a seagull, and Naw, a rat, help Nutley realize he has more courage than he thinks and that kindness and friendship are more important than being Dangerous. Yolen's clear voice is a benevolent presence, strongly felt in 'This You Should Know' paragraphs which open each chapter. They offer scientific facts about red and gray squirrels along with whimsical speculations which encourage readers to look for meaning behind the facts. Middle grade readers will relate to Nutley's chafing against well-intentioned parental restrictions and his eagerness to discover the complexities of the world. The deceptively simple story, enhanced by rich vocabulary and elegant prose, encourages deeper thought: 'There is more meaning here if you would have it be so.' Larie and Naw are endearing supporting characters and Yolen has fun naming Naw's rat-children, from 'Nawshus' to 'Nawmal' and 'Nawty.' Rustic, finely detailed black-and-white illustrations by Monroe reinforce the novel's environmental subplot; endpapers map helps readers visualize Nutley's world. A quiet gem from a master storyteller. --School Library Journal --Journal When young Nutley's parents are attacked and killed by the violent members of an invading 'inferior race' living nearby, Nutley must leave his babyhood home and learn to make it on his own. Nutley is a red squirrel, while the assailants are gray squirrels--brutish, feisty and larger than red squirrels. His escape leads him to refuge in the town dump, where he encounters rats and sea gulls and negotiates several brushes with death while hanging on to his innate kindness. Violence and death, and the threat of both, are constants in the form of aggressive gray squirrels, nighttime predators and the swift-moving People Carriers (which roll over and crunch a gray squirrel or two at one point). Nutley longs to be Dangerous, as he characterizes the gray squirrels, yet at nearly every turn, another quality is demanded of him--something that one of his new friends calls courage. Conversational, nature-oriented sections titled 'This you should know' address readers before each chapter. Monroe's black-and-white drawings help to make this small world familiar, while Yolen charmingly creates a believable interior life for Nutley, complete with squirrel appetites and the worries of a youngster just a bit unready for survival. Though there's a suggestion the story is meant as fable, Nutley's adventure stands alone as a satisfying animal fantasy. --Kirkus Reviews --Journal

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Author's Bio

Jane Yolen is the acclaimed author of more than three hundred books for readers of all ages. Her books have won the Caldecott, Nebula, California Young Reader's Medal, Jewish Book Award and many others. One award even set her good coat on fire. But that's another story altogether. Visit her online at www.janeyolen.com. Chris Monroe's humor and intricate illustrations draw high praise from reviewers and bloggers alike. Chris is also the author and illustrator of Totally Uncool and the comic strip Violet Days, which has been in print for more than 20 years. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

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