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Trash Mountain, Jane Yolen ; illustrations by Chris Monroe

Label
Trash Mountain
Title
Trash Mountain
Statement of responsibility
Jane Yolen ; illustrations by Chris Monroe
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When the gray squirrels kill his parents, a young red squirrel vows revenge, finding unlikely allies in the rats and gulls of Trash Mountain
Writing style
Character
Review
  • Grades 3-6 Prolific 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. -- Anderson, Erin (Reviewed 02-15-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 12, p77)
  • Gr 3 – 6 — 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.—Marybeth Kozikowski, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY --Marybeth Kozikowski (Reviewed January 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 1, p103)
  • 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. Ages 8–15. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed May 11, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 19, p)
  • 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. (Fiction. 8-11)(Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10403931
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Yolen, Jane
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Intended audience
780
Intended audience source
Lexile
LC call number
PZ7.Y78
LC item number
Ts 2015
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 6
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Monroe, Chris
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Red squirrels
  • Gray squirrel
  • Squirrels
  • Animals
  • Introduced animals
  • Survival
  • Tamiasciurus
  • Gray squirrel
  • Squirrels
  • Animals
  • Introduced animals
  • Survival
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Trash Mountain, Jane Yolen ; illustrations by Chris Monroe
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Map on endpapers
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
176 pages
Isbn
9781467712347
Lccn
2013030727
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)857663751
Label
Trash Mountain, Jane Yolen ; illustrations by Chris Monroe
Publication
Note
Map on endpapers
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
176 pages
Isbn
9781467712347
Lccn
2013030727
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)857663751

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