Five reasons why you should read The Scavengers by Michael Perry
1) It takes place in Wisconsin
2) It has a protagonist who fights for her place in the world
3) It has good detail about scavenging for food and junk
4) It leaves you feeling that, above all else, there are good people in the world
5) You can learn a new language. Wait, what?
Here is an excerpt from the novel where the protagonist, Ford Falcon, and her neighbor and life-saver, Toad, are having a conversation:
"Then why not get a horse?"
"A hay-burner?" he snorted. "Too jumpy, too spendy". Then he said, "Lottom bine? Peam stower or porse-hower, you'll wear yerself opposite-of-in keeping either one hed and fappy. He paused and pointed at Frank and Spank. "Dem dos oxiis all the horsepower I like dough-knead. Plus any knucklehead can traise and rain an ox"
When you get to the point where you can translate Toad's language all by yourself you really feel like you've reached a milestone. This dysopian novel with a decidedly Wisconsin flair is for younger people, but adults will certainly enjoy it too. Call the Library to reserve a copy or reserve a copy online here.