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Landfill has lived his whole life as a scavenger, running with wooflers, swimming with turtles and feasting on fresh gull. Old Babagoo has always looked after him, on one condition - follow his rules. NEVER COME LOOKING OUTSIDE. NEVER RISE ABOVE THE
WALL. But despite the dangers, Landfill longs to see Outside. And some rules are made to be broken.

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28th March '19
I read it to NiallT aged 12 aged 12
Scavengers 9781474956024
5 stars
My nephew and I really enjoyed this book. He wouldn't stop talking about it. It's a moving coming of age story. Children will enjoy the adventure but there is a sadness that the adults will resonate with. A touching novel which I would highly recommend.
29th March '19
Tommyg read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
Scavengers 9781474956024
5 stars
I enjoyed reading this book its different to the ones I normally read and i felt it was sad in away. The book is about  Landfill who is a boy and is written from his views - he  has lived his whole life as a scavenger.

He is told rules should never be broken BUT Rules are broken within this book.

I would recommend it for readers 11 plus.
30th April '19
MunchkinMegan read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Scavengers 9781474956024
5 stars
The book is about a boy called Landfill who's lived his whole life as a scavenger. He was found as a baby and raised by an old man, Babagoo. The story follows Landfill as he makes a friend with an 'outsider'. Landfill is very unsure of this friendship as he has never experienced anything like it.

Wow! What a massive emotional rollercoaster ride of a book. I think I pretty much cried for the last 2 chapters of the book. I think the last 4 chapters changed everything for me. There are so many twists and turns, and each one is brilliant. This is ridiculously well written book and I loved reading every minute of it. I found myself frustrated, sad, angry, happy and sometimes all within a short space of time. I think the character I most relate to is Dawn because she constantly wants to help Landfill, she's very caring and adventurous. It completely peaked my curiosity and I couldn't put it down. I'd reread it in a heart beat but I just need a minute to process everything before I dive back in!

That ending, was beautiful and sad. The blurb does not do this book justice.
17th May '19
I read it to Josh aged 11 aged 11 & to Sam aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
My eldest son started reading this book and after 2 chapters laid it aside saying, ‘I don’t like that book.’ I had heard many great things about the story and was surprised. He agreed to give it another go if we could read it together and that was the best decision we could have made.

It was quite tough to get to grips with the story initially as the names of the characters are strange, it’s hard to decide where and when the story is set, some of the language that is used is peculiar and there is quite a dark feeling to the whole book. 

The book is divided into parts and once we had got through the first part there was no stopping us! The book twists and turns and you think you know who is good and who is bad and yet you have to constantly question yourself. The story is told from Landfill’s point of view and at times you wish you could hear another side of the story.

The boys found some of the scenes a bit dark, killing animals, violence etc but we chatted about it and it really did make for quite dramatic reading.

We would highly recommend this story to older readers and it is a great book to share as a bedtime story for some readers who think they are too old to be read to.
12th May '19
I read it myself (an adult)
Scavengers 9781474956024
5 stars
This book takes you on an emotional journey of the relationship between Landfill and Old Babagoo.
They survive by scavenging; using all they find to not only feed themselves, but also the animals they live alongside.
Like all children, Landfill is curious and longs to find out what is on the Outside. 
He faces a constant struggle to control the draw of the Outside with Babagoo's most important rule- NEVER go beyond the wall.
The characters rely on one another and as the story unfolds you understand more of how their lives are entwined but all is not as it seems. 
6th May '19
Rpk read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
Scavengers 9781474956024
5 stars
It took me a few weeks to read this book, I really liked the story but at times it was emotional and I had to ask my dad to read it with me. 
The book is about a boy called landfill who has spent his entire life on a landfill site as a scavenger, he is looked after by bagaboo but on the condition that landfill sticks to the rules. 
Landfill doesn’t want to stick to th rules though. This story has lots of twists and turns and I always wanted to know what happened next. 
I think children my age would like the book but it’s good to read it with a grown up as well 
21st April '19
I read it to LilyF12 aged 12 aged 12 , to BradleyF9 aged 9 aged 9 & to JackF13 aged 13 aged 13
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5 stars
This is a fantastically written book about boundaries, trust and perspective to name just a few of the themes you will discover while reading. Landfill is a brilliant character, he begins to question things as he gets older and starts to venture beyond the walls of the wasteland he lives amongst with Babagoo, an old man that found him as a baby and is bringing him up.
Throughly enjoyable good read.
28th April '19
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
This book is incredible, well written and spellbinding it keeps you hooked from beginning to end.  It holds a mirror up to society and its shocking to see our reflection.  Def recommend this for y5+
1st April '19
unicorn2 read it themselves aged 14 aged 14
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5 stars
I really enjoyed reading this book, it was interesting from start to finish and I didn't want to put it down, I would recommend this book for 13-14 year olds 
27th March '19
Darth read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
My mum and i read this book together and I'm glad we did because there was so much to talk about! The story is about a boy called landfill. He and the man looking after him, called Babagoo live in a place called hinterland, in secret. There are a number of rules landfill has to remember to follow to keep safe from the outsiders. But he has questions, questions about where he comes from and questions about the outsiders. He decides to dig a hole to the outside. He meets a girl called Dawn, she is an outsider who becomes worried about him. There are a few sad parts in the story so i was glad my mum was there so we could read and talk about it but the book was brilliant. It's very different from other books I've read. We really enjoyed it. 
28th March '19
Ethwardo read it themselves aged 14 aged 14
Scavengers 9781474956024
4 stars
This book is basically about a character named Landfill who has lived his whole life as a scavenger.
It is quite an emotional story line, Rules should never be broken BUT Rules are broken within this book adding to the creativity of the twists and turns.

The book is written from landfill's perspective and it does taken until near on half way through before you really get to grips on where the book is taking you, By the end of the book you will find yourself quite surprised as I myself did.

Overall a good book for ages 10 and up, Recommended. 
3rd April '19
Yoloman read it themselves aged 13 aged 13
Scavengers 9781474956024
4 stars
I enjoyed this book, it has twists and turns which keep you interested and engaged as you read along. The story centres around Landfill a young person who has grown up scavenging. As I read the book i found myself feeling emotional at times which I want expecting! A really good YA book
6th April '19
Ethwardo read it themselves aged 14 aged 14
Scavengers 9781474956024
4 stars
This book is basically about a character named Landfill who has lived his whole life as a scavenger. It is quite an emotional story line, Rules should never be broken BUT Rules are broken within this book adding to the creativity of the twists and turns. The book is written from landfill's perspective and it does taken until near on half way through before you really get to grips on where the book is taking you, By the end of the book you will find yourself quite surprised as I myself did. Overall a good book for ages 10 and up, Recommended
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Darren Simpson is in his thirties and lives with his wife and children in Nottingham. He has written numerous adult short stories, and The Dust on the Moth, a crowdfunded multimedia collaboration including music downloads, art and photography. This is his first book for younger readers....

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