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Scrap City
Scrap City
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Scrap City

Would you believe that under the ground, right beneath your city, was another city? Would you believe it was populated with Scrappers, people built of metal and glass and stone? Jerome has no choice but to believe it after he meets Arkie. Arkie is a Scrapper, and he and Jerome quickly become friends maybe even brothers. So when Arkie's city is in danger, Jerome knows he must help. But helping Arkie means hurting Jerome's dad, the only real family Jerome still has . . .

PublisherStone Arch Books
Age Level9-12 Years
Reading LevelGrades 4-8
GenreFantasy & Science Fiction
SubjectFantasy & Science Fiction
Trim Size5 1/4 x 7 1/2
Page Count352



School Library Journal - Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library

"The action is rollicking, constant and mild enough for young readers. . . .This is a solid adventure with a provocative message about cultural and environmental preservation." - School Library Journal

July 1, 2015

Booklist - John Peters

" will be taken with the pair of plucky young protagonists, and Thornton also crafts a crowd-pleasing, Pixar-style supporting cast along the lines of those in Cars and Wall-E." - Booklist

October 1, 2015

ForeWord Reviews

"The safety of two worlds—both equally complex and populated by equally interesting characters—is at stake in this exciting story that will pique the curiosity of mechanically-minded kids. Clunky robots, centuries-old mysteries, and unlikely friendships add intrigue to the already appealing premise of a secret city of scrap people hidden beneath a junkyard. With a perfect blend of emotion and humor, the pages practically turn themselves." - ForeWord Reviews

September 1, 2015


Kids Reads/The Book Report - Corinne Fox

"My favorite thing about SCRAP CITY was the vast inventiveness and amount of imagination that author D.S. Thornton put into the world and people of the Scrappers. It will no doubt enrapture kids and spark creativity in them, and I...found myself smiling and mentally crafting my own Scrappers at various points while reading. The details in the descriptions are crisp and concrete, and I could easily see every single Scrapper in my mind’s eye. Thornton also did a stellar job of painting the atmosphere, and I could envision the rich, vibrant colors of the sweeping Texas desert. These served to draw me deep into the world of the book. . . .SCRAP CITY will charm and captivate any child who picks it up off the shelf, be them human or Scrapper." - Kids Reads/The Book Report

October 7, 2015

Kirkus Reviews

"The premise is delicious, and the underlying message that warns against consumerism and consumption is admirable…" - Kirkus Reviews

August 15, 2015

D. S. Thornton

D. S. Thornton

Graphic designer, magazine art director, business owner. That’s what D. S. Thornton used to do. Today, she puts her own images to paper, writing and painting to her heart’s content. Ms. Thornton makes her home on the Big Island of Hawaii, where time is relative, gardening is serene, and there are way way way too many vowels. You can find her in the rain forest, wielding a stylus or paint brush, or, often, pounding away at the keyboard. If you want to see a happy face, hand her a puppy.

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