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Posted June 20, 2013
Take four Middle School kids, each unique, yet tied to each other as their lives are chronicled throughout the school year, thanks to one brilliant teacher! The assignment? Write something every day about your life so “future you” may look back on it. What the reader ends up with is an endearing tale of the lives of Jake Schwartz, his older sister Hannah, his best friend, Danny Uribe and Dorothy Wu, who admits to a crush on Jake. Who would think seventh and eighth grades could be so pivotal in the lives of these four? You’ll laugh, cry, worry, and let out a sigh of relief as each story unfolds, told in their unique styles.
What was important to you in Middle School? Did you face being an outcast? Did you suddenly go from being an obscure blip on the radar of life to a hot commodity? Was your reputation on the line? Did you try almost anything to feel accepted, noticed or relevant to life? Did you risk longtime friendships in the name of popularity or carving out a name for yourself? Was there a life altering moment, good or bad that has stayed with you? If you’ve said yes to any of the above, you WILL identify with and learn to love these kids as they navigate the shark infested waters of that dangerous time between being a “child” and being almost an adult, or at least almost a YOUNG adult.
Trash Can Days by Teddy Steinkellner is brilliant in its concept, execution and delivery! Teddy Steinkellner has a talent for writing that brings his characters to life and endears them to your heart. I was stunned to find that this is Mr. Steinkellner’s DEBUT novel, and then double-stunned to find that he is a Young Adult! If this first time out is any indication of what we can expect from him in the future, all readers, regardless of age have a LOT to look forward to!
An ARC edition was provided by NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion in exchange for my honest review.
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Posted August 20, 2013
A Brilliant Debut! For this mom, educator and former 7th-grader who remembers the hilarity, heartache and shock of that particular year all-to-well, TRASH CAN DAYS hits the bullseye. Boys, girls, tweens living it, teens who just lived through it and adults brave enough to go back there - will relish this remarkable first novel about four diverse young narrators feeling their way through friendship, relationships and dawning social awareness. Told in keenly authentic 1st-person accounts, texts, chats, fan-fiction and other creative writings, this year-in-the-life will make you laugh hard, cry hard and feel how hard it is to be 13 and have no idea what the next page of your life will bring. Publishers Weekly calls it "funny, crass, painful and optimistic". It's all that and more.
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