A young boy from the Trail comes to the city. He is an outsider. Ignorant. Alone. Until he finds the Junk Man. Then, what was broken might be fixed.
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On your most basic level, you have the story of a young boy in new surroundings finding an unlikely friend and ally in a homeless gentleman living at the local dump. While he might seem scary or off putting at first glance, if you get to know him, he’s an individual who may have hit hard times once upon a song and simply sees things differently. Every item of refuse he comes across has an inane beauty to it for him as it shares the story of where it’s been and who it belonged to. When others find out about all the time Josh’s spending with this unknown soul, they become rightfully worried but unjustly defensive and soon go on the offense in a situation they know nothing about. That’s what happens when one jumps the gun and reacts before having all the facts…or listening to a voice of reason that just so happens to belong to the youth involved. Does this spell the end of the Junk Man? Hardly, but it certainly puts a hold on his gardening and salvaging efforts. However, despite the adults intent to erase this memorable character, his affect lives on in the changes seen within our young narrator…all for the better might I add. Moving forward… Below the surface story, as previously mentioned, are several different messages running about. First, there’s the classic “don’t judge a book by its cover” or a person by their exterior…the Junk Man himself is a prime example of this. He proves that despite the way someone looks or is initially perceived, there is often times much more to discover. If you discount who they’ll be in your life from the start, you may be missing out. Next we have a message of conservation and recycling or the more recent rage, upcycling…where you make something out of nothing, or rather out of discards. The Junk Man, and in turn Josh from his tutelage, is able to see something that was merely a castaway, in a new light, thus repurposing the item for display or use. In a phrase, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. Just because something is of no use to you anymore, does not mean it has reached the end of its usefulness entirely. Let’s see, then we have the reminder to give everyone a chance, make peace not war, listen even to the smallest voice of reason, and…shall I continue? A great many things were worked into this short work, but each one is a lesson worth learning. In the end, it’s a novella aimed at the older kiddos, teens and beyond due to some content; there’s multiple messages to walk away with and appeal for both girl and boy readers. Young lads can walk right in young Josh’s shoes throughout the journey, while young lasses can appreciate the overall time spent with the Junk Man and perhaps the unusual beauty of “the museum”. Of course, older readers will have other tangents to think on upon story’s end. The dialect chosen to relay the tale makes it a tad harder to digest, but if you need a simple solution…just read it aloud. It adds to the drama of the story and let’s you have a little accented fun. *review copy received in exchange for my honest review...full post can be seen on my site*