A Guardian Best Book of 2019
Selected for the national 2019 Summer Reading Challenge
Recommended by UNESCO as one of seven books that help bring the UN’s sustainable development goals to life
Shortlisted for the 2020 Northern Ireland Book Award
An Observer Older Children’s Book of the Month

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‘The very best fiction involves creating believable alternative worlds. Darren Simpson does just that in Scavengers (Usborne), his extraordinary first outing for young readers. The scavengers’ universe is made up of just two: young Landfill and old Bagaboo, who hide from an ill-defined enemy in an Eden Bagaboo has created out of detritus. Loving, but strict, Bagaboo has his own dialect and rules: chiefly, hide and obey. Landfill, though, makes a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries that seed doubt and rebellion, and the reader’s suspicions as to what is really happening gradually crystallise with a mixture of fascination and alarm. It’s a hugely compassionate, sophisticated novel, about inclusion and exclusion, and who – or what – is really crazy.’
Kitty Empire, The Guardian

‘A book unlike any other – I was totally unprepared for the twists!’
Alex Wheatle, Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize

Scavengers is available from Waterstones, Foyles, Amazon and many bookshops.

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