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The Scavengers

By Michael Perry

Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember meets Louis Sachar's Holes in this imaginative and humorous middle grade debut from Michael Perry, New York Times bestselling author of the adult novels Population: 485 and Truck: A Love Story.

When the world started to fall apart, the government gave everyone two choices: move into the Bubble Cities…or take their chances outside.

Maggie's family chose to live in the world that was left behind. Deciding it's time to grow up and grow tough, Maggie rechristens herself "Ford Falcon"—a name inspired by the beat-up car she finds at a nearby junkyard.

Ford's family goes to this junkyard to scavenge for things they can use or barter with the other people who live OutBubble. Her family has been able to survive this brave new world by working together. But when Ford comes home one day to discover her home ransacked and her family missing, she must find the strength to rescue her loved ones with the help of some unlikely friends.

The Scavengers is a wholly original tween novel that combines an action-packed adventure, a heartfelt family story, and a triumphant journey of self-discovery in a world where one person's junk is another person's key to survival. Katherine Applegate, author of the Newbery Medal winner The One and Only Ivan, raves: "Michael Perry pulls out all the stops in this colorful tale."

  • Grade level: 6
  • Interest Level: 3-8
  • Guided Reading Level: W


Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings. Analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

How does the setting of The Scavengers evoke feelings and impact your understanding of the story? RL.6.2; W.6.2,9

Discuss the way Michael Perry?s presentation of information, sentence structures, and the words he chooses in The Scavengers enhance your understanding of the content. What is the overall effect of his writing style? Give examples from the book. SL.6.1; RL.6.1,4

How does Michael Perry use figurative language to add layers to the story? Create a list of words and phrases that are unique and contribute to the meaning and tone of the novel. RL.6.4
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On Sale: 11/30/-0001
  • ISBN: 9780062026163
  • ISBN 10: 006202616X
  • ISBN 13: 9780062026163
  • Pages: 336
  • Trim Size: 5.50 x 8.25 in
  • Subcategory:
  • Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
  • Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Friendship
  • Juvenile Fiction / Science Fiction

Katherine Applegate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Newbery Medal book The One and Only Ivan"Michael Perry pulls out all the stops in this colorful tale. You gotta love Ford Falcon, an intrepid heroine who can pepper-bomb a solar bear while quoting Emily Dickinson. As her friend Toad might say: Le-dightful."

Wendy Mass, New York Times bestselling author of The Candymakers"This brave, smart, funny, independent young hero is totally unlike anyone I've seen before, and she uses her wits to survive in a world unlike anything I could have dreamt up."

Leslie Connor, author of Waiting for Normal"Gifted and gritty, Ford Falcon is a heroine with heart. She grabs you by both arms and hauls you into her world-a haunting futurescape where you have to be inventive to survive, where every decision has a price. Michael Perry's writing is exquisite, humorous and thrilling."

Kirkus Reviews"A fast-paced, post-apocalyptic Laura Ingalls Wilder wilderness story. Comparisons to other gritty, engaging tough-girl-with-a-strong-moral-compass stories are inevitable, but Maggie has originality and grit to spare."

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"Ford Falcon capably demonstrates how a smart, determined kid might handle the end of the world and her place in it."

School Library Journal"Unique and interesting cast of characters. Maggie is a strong, brave, adventurous, and resourceful role model for younger readers."

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