By Sharon Darrow
(Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763626242, 148pp.)
Publication Date: August 2006
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Two teen siblings run from foster life — and find new expression as graffiti artists — in a stark but hopeful poetic novel.
For sixteen-year-old Sissy and her brother Boy, trash is a reminder of one too many sorry foster placements they've endured, a way of life they can't wait to escape. Now on the run in search of their big sister Raynell, ironically they are forced to rely on their trash-picking skills for sustenance and shelter. Reunited at last with Raynell in St. Louis, Boy and Sissy shed their old identities, reinvent themselves as graffiti artists, and splash their new names on city bridges and walls. But one night's expedition goes horribly wrong, and Sissy looks again to trash, this time as the beginning of something artful and beautiful.