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The Collectors

Carter, Robert

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ISBN 10: 0688137636 / ISBN 13: 9780688137632
Published by U.S.A.: Lothrop Lee & Shepard, 1994
Used Condition: As New Hardcover
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Title: The Collectors

Publisher: U.S.A.: Lothrop Lee & Shepard

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Edition: 1st Edition..

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A spiritual allegory for children tells of the quest of the ""Collectors,"" an unlikely group made up of a cynic, a coward, a criminal, and others, who search the world and themselves for the one thing that will save the planet.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 6-8-A highly unusual blend of adventure, fantasy, insect lore, and discourse on the meaning of life. The cockroach hero, Edwud, is too uncomfortably thoughtful and idiosyncratic for his fellow "collectors" in the Longley family's backyard. He persists in questioning their economic structure (the rich get richer) and their values (rigid and conformist). He departs the colony and experiences various ordeals on his semi-religious quest-he is pinned to a bulletin board in the humans' kitchen, nearly swept away in storm drains, threatened by species of collectors with wildly differing values, suffers the loss of his best friend, is nearly gassed in a greenhouse, and almost swept out to sea. There's plenty of action here, and the unlikely characters come to life as real, distinct, and sympathetic. World-building is thorough and convincing, right down to a vocabulary with footnotes. But in spite of the book's numerous virtues, the plot only sporadically takes flight, just as Edwud can only fly when he's under an updraft of hot air. The story line lacks a certain unity and is too often weighted down by overt philosophizing. Nonetheless, this is a good choice for readers looking for a thoughtful and challenging novel.
Kathy Fritts, Jesuit High School, Portland, OR
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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