Trash by Sharon Darrow

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Two teen siblings run from foster life — and find new expression as graffiti artists — in a stark but hopeful poetic novel.

For sixteen-year-old Sissy and her brother Boy, trash is a reminder of one too many sorry foster placements they've endured, a way of life they can't wait to escape. Now on the run in search of their big sister Raynell, ironically they are forced to rely on their trash-picking skills for sustenance and shelter. Reunited at last with Raynell in St. Louis, Boy and Sissy shed their old identities, reinvent themselves as graffiti artists, and splash their new names on city bridges and walls. But one night's expedition goes horribly wrong, and Sissy looks again to trash, this time as the beginning of something artful and beautiful.

About Sharon Darrow

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Sharon Darrow is the author of THE PAINTERS OF LEXIEVILLE and THROUGH THE TEMPESTS DARK AND WILD: A STORY OF MARY SHELLEY, CREATOR OF FRANKENSTEIN, illustrated by Angela Barrett. Sharon Darrow lives in Plainfield, Vermont.
Published August 8, 2006 by Candlewick. 160 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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When their mother abandons Sissy (16) and her younger brother, Boy, their older sister, Raynell, and her husband, Jobe, care for them.

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Darrow articulates, in first-person verse, 16-year-old Sissy's searing coming-of-age story.

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With a mother that cares so little as to name her son Boy, it is not surprising that he and his older sister Sissy spend their childhood bouncing from foster home to foster home.

Feb 07 2007 | Read Full Review of Trash

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