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By: Daniel Kraus

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When his mother is killed in a freak accident, sixteen-year-old Joey is given no other choice but to go live with the father he’s never known. His dad is known as “the garbage man” in the small town where he lives, but when Joey finds out what his estranged father really does for a living, it makes being a garbage man look like a white collar job.  Used to life in the city, Joey finds himself living in a shack on the edge of town.  Left to his own devices the first couple of days with no transportation, no food, and no support, he is soon targeted by school bullies and living a life of misery.  As he discovers his father’s secret life, he finds new strength from an unlikely source. Will he be sucked into this bizarre lifestyle or will he be able to make his own way?  This story--full of pain, heartache and downright gruesomeness--will haunt you for days before you even finish reading the last page.

Prepared by Jill Webb, Children's Librarian, Farmington Community Library, Farmington, Michigan