We cross a landfill on our way to school. I would like to think that these toxic cities were a thing of the past, but deep down I know better. We cross a landfill on our way to school. Lastly, and this is a personal reason, I grew up in a town like the one in this book. But seriously - love that this is marketed for young minds - living next to toxic waste is all to real for a lot of communities so yay for Corina and angry Jason and his friends! The dialogue, characters and emotions all resonated with me, and I grew to truly care what happened to these people. This was a gritty, emotional, and surprising book.
These boys want Three boys live in a blue collar town at the base of a toxic landfill, by a creek contaminated with unknown hazardous waste from a large chemical company. But for all this, My Chemical Mountain is a book with a positive and spirited voice, not one What a beautiful way to tell the story of a town with a dumping problem: from the perspective of a kid who loves it, pollution and all. 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. Tell us a bit about yourself and how you became an author. But if he takes down the chemical company responsible for turning his world upside-down, lifelong friendships will be tested, maybe even severed. But what was most unexpected was how this book delivered an important social message about pollution and class in a meaningful way that wasn't one bit preachy. They all have an issue with their town being a toxic dump, but for different reasons, and in turn each has their own idea of how to get revenge against those who created the mess.
Open to the first page of and it's immediately apparent why author Corina Vacco won the Delacorte Prize for a first young adult novel: characters, dialogue and descriptions are brilliant—— sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking and always deeply real and deeply felt. They all have an issue with their town being a toxic dump, but for different reasons, and in turn each has their own idea of how to get revenge against those who created My Chemical Mountain is a unique and interesting book--imagine a teen version of Erin Brockovich. And the choices the characters made given what they were dealing with seemed at once familiar and fascinating. Corina captures the voice of adolescent boys like no author I've read. Theirs is a world of pollution — a world characterized by their crusade against the mills and factories responsible, and simultaneously, a world of pollution that has created them and defines them. Then on a night the boys vandalize one of the mills, Jason makes a costly mistake--and unwittingly becomes a catalyst for change.
Jason uses this hell to fuel his creativity, conjuring fantastic monsters and stories that are the culprits of its very creation. The boys want to get even. Cornpup is a geeky kid who like My Chemical Mountain is a book about three young boys who live in a town that is practically drowning in toxic waste. All the elements of a great book are here: vibrant characters, nail-biting story telling, and a rich, gritty, horrifying yet somehow beautiful setting that will make you squirm. I received no compensation My Chemical Mountain is a novel that is really hard to accurately describe without focusing on one aspect more than the others.
Swim season for the summer is over. The story takes place during that transitional summer just before the Freshman year of high school. I studied layouts of factories and toured the once-abandoned, toxic neighborhood known as Love Canal. It contained chemical sludge from decades of dumping by local industry, and it also contained radioactive waste left over from the Manhattan Project. And one of my readers also made this awesome book trailer. And not only start early with the social media, cast your net wide.
Vacco does a beautiful job writing boys, each one uniquely drawn with layers and layers to their personalities. Because of this, and perhaps in spite of it, Jason, Charlie, and Cornpup take matters into their own hands. A young adult read recommended for both male and female audiences. And I have family who lives in Buffalo. How did you come up with the idea for your story? With that said, I do think Valerie, Jason's love interest, is one of my favorite characters because I know she'll be by his side once the explosive summer is over, and he's going to really need her. Writing is what keeps her heart beating.
These boys want revenge and they have a plan. Plus I've got a sketchbook full of uranium monsters. I love that she wrote her first novel at age 7. Plus, with no sex, no cursing, and relatively little violence, it's a book that would work well for middle grade readers as well as young adult readers. A city girl, fledgling guitarist, world traveler, and hopeless Chicago Cubs fan, she lives in New Orleans with her husband and son. My Chemical Mountain offers something of that punch-in-the-gut ethos of hard-boiled detectives, transferred to blue-collar youth living in a cauldron of pollution.
How they revel in the pollution as if it's a badge of honor. The Not So Good: Not having been exposed to this type of environment, I'm not certain I can buy the boys', especially Charlie's, cavalier attitude toward the deadlier trappings of their world. The language used to describe everything is very detailed and would be beautiful if the subjects where not toxic and poisoned. Hope to see you on Wednesday! With descriptions of mountainous landfills, streams of glowing chemical ooze and large factories all around, you'd almost think that it was a post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel, but nope, it's just a coming-of-age story with a setting that's a bit more extreme. I found the book to be extremely relevant to our time. And Charlie, he'll drink red creek water on a dare. Worldwide, it's even more polluted in many areas than most people could ever imagine.
When I draw sludge demons in my sketchbook, I usually put those trees in the background. However, as gripping as the story itself is, what moved me most about this book were its characters. Are you angry about what happened to your father? But Jason and his friends Charlie and Cornpup know how to have fun. Corina is an author who truly believes and participates in the causes she writes about - so humbling! Ever since I read it, it's come up in conversation a dozen times. I was nervous that it would come across with a strong message telling the reader what they should believe. Maybe it will rattle a cage or two.