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The Hoarders

The Hoarders

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by Jean Stringham
     
 

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I guess you could say Joaquin and I are in a pile of trouble. I sure wish I could tell you how we're going to get ourselves out of this, but I don't see a way yet. All I can tell you is how we got here. I'll start kind of close to the beginning.

For Cheyenne and Joaquin, two brothers who are expert hoarders, the future has always been uncertain. That's why it's

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I guess you could say Joaquin and I are in a pile of trouble. I sure wish I could tell you how we're going to get ourselves out of this, but I don't see a way yet. All I can tell you is how we got here. I'll start kind of close to the beginning.

For Cheyenne and Joaquin, two brothers who are expert hoarders, the future has always been uncertain. That's why it's important to keep a food hoard. After all, you never know when Momma might forget about eating for a few days. But as things get more and more desperate, the boys realize they'll have to rely on each other and the lessons they've learned together to get them through.

This captivating coming-of-age novel is vibrant, alarming, and yet full of joy. With characters who are as true to life as they are heartbreaking, this is one book that will stick in your mind and make you appreciate something as simple as a meal at a table, with forks, knives, and plates. Like a hug that's a little too tight, this story is unforgettable-a potent mix of enduring themes and quietly brilliant writing that's sure to become an instant classic.

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Cheyenne, ten, and his brother, Joaquin, five, hoard food. Before she abandoned them entirely, their mother neglected them, so Cheyenne learned very young to stash food-when it was available. In their Aunt Mandy's custody, things briefly improve as they get to know their extended (but not very helpful) family. Narrator Cheyenne, never letting down his guard, always keenly observes the adults around him, gleaning what information he can, although filtered through his child mind, it's sometimes humorously misinterpreted. When Mandy has a stroke, the children are left to fend for themselves. Then, as one unbelievable challenge is piled on top of another, at times the children's burden seems almost fantastical. Is it possible that no one in a small town would notice the small children's plight, hiding out in a van and foraging through Dumpsters for a freezing month or that the hospital would discharge brain-injured Mandy to their sole custody, setting up a contrived though satisfying conclusion? Yet resourceful Cheyenne's authentic voice is lovable enough to make this a worthy if at times implausible read. (discussion questions) (Fiction. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599554075
Publisher:
Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date:
06/08/2010
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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