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My Chemical Mountainby Corina Vacco
Synopses & Reviews
In the vein of S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders, and in eco-warrior fierceness that will recall Erin Brockovich, comes My Chemical Mountain, a powerful, mesmerizing high-octane drama.
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.
"Vacco's grim but impressive debut, winner of the Delacorte Press Prize, occasionally stumbles on its own sense of bleakness and the extreme complacency of its characters, but lyrical prose and strong characters make it worth the read. In the town of Poxton — imagine the exaggerated pollution of Springfield from The Simpsons without any of the humor — 14-year-olds Jason and Charlie drink orange water from Two Mile Creek and investigate the landfill they've nicknamed Chemical Mountain, collecting mutated fish and other samples of pollution. Since local employment relies on Mareno Chemical, few are willing to challenge the company, even as most of the town shows the effect of toxic dumping. The 'we can't lose our jobs' attitude works to a point, but the over-the-top nature of the pollution makes the adult conspiracy of silence difficult to swallow. Nevertheless, the push by the boys and their tech genius friend Cornpup to get people to acknowledge the horrors Mareno has inflicted on Poxton (which mirror the real-life environmental pollution that inspired Vacco) should help readers think hard about the issue. Ages 14up. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Written in the tradition of such early twentieth-century muckrakers as Upton Sinclair, Frank Norris, and Ida M. Tarbell. Angry and urgent, topical and timely." Booklist
“From Jason’s complex teenage boy perspective, [Vacco] captures both the disheartening helplessness of the situation and the boys’ reckless resistance: ‘We cross a landfill on our way to school. We swim in creek water that smells like nail polish remover....We are not fools. We are brave and brilliant.’ There is power and hope in that kind of statement, and Jason’s coming-of-age tale, though dark, is full of both.” The Horn Book Magazine
“Reminiscent of The Outsiders....Dark and unflinching.” Kirkus Reviews
“Grim but impressive debut...lyrical prose and strong characters make it worth the read.” Publishers Weekly
“A budding romance and subtle insight into Jason’s changing relationship with his friends guarantee that there’s a little something for all readers in this well-thought-out, well-executed story.” School Library Journal
“Corina Vacco shows us real-life monsters, up close and very personal.” Ellen Klages, author of The Green Glass Sea
The Outsiders meets Erin Brockovich meets Bridge to Terabithia in this high-octane drama.
Jason and his friends live for the rush of racing their dirt bikes on Chemical Mountain and swimming in orange, chunky Two Mile Creek. But they hate wealthy and powerful Mareno Chem, the company responsible for invading their territory, polluting their town, and killing Jason's father. The boys want to get even. But revenge has a price — and more than one person will pay.
Winner of the Thirtieth Annual Delacorte Press Prize for a First YA Novel
About the Author
Corina Vacco makes her writing debut with My Chemical Mountain.
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