Rocked by his father's recent death and his mother's sudden compulsion to overeat, Jason lashes out by breaking into the abandoned mills and factories that plague his run-down town. Always by his side are his two best friends, Charlie, a fearless thrill junkie, and Cornpup, a geek inventor whose back is covered with cysts. The boys rage against the noxious pollution that suffocates their town and despise those responsible for it; at the same time, they embrace the danger of their industrial wasteland and boast about living on the edge.
Then on a night the boys vandalize one of the mills, Jason makes a costly mistake--and unwittingly becomes a catalyst for change. In a town like his, change should be a good thing. There's only one problem: change is what Jason fears most of all.
|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
|Sold by:||Random House|
|Lexile:||740L (what's this?)|
|File size:||2 MB|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
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MY CHEMICAL MOUNTAIN, a Delacorte Press Prize winner for a debut YA, by Corina Vacco is a good companion book for middle-grade Newbery winner M.C. HIGGINS by Virginia Hamilton. The primary three male characters in MY CHEMICAL MOUNTAIN are 13 or 14; the time frame is prior to their freshman year. Everything in the book is age-appropriate for middle-grade readers (ages 8-12), yet is compelling and deep enough for YA readers (ages 13-18). Both novels also address environmental issues, such as toxic waste dumps. But never in a heavy-handed way. All of the characters in MY CHEMICAL MOUNTAIN are well-rounded and the boys are realistic in attitudes and actions. I don't want to give away any spoilers, so let me just say that MY CHEMICAL MOUNTAIN would make an excellent book to use in the classroom.