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From the acclaimed author of Roll with It and Tune It Out comes a funny and moving middle grade novel about a boy who uses his unusual talent for decoding people’s trash to try to fit in at his new school. Hugo is not happy about being dragged halfway across the state of Colorado just because his dad had a midlife crisis and decided to become a ski instructor. It’d be diffe From the acclaimed author of Roll with It and Tune It Out comes a funny and moving middle grade novel about a boy who uses his unusual talent for decoding people’s trash to try to fit in at his new school. Hugo is not happy about being dragged halfway across the state of Colorado just because his dad had a midlife crisis and decided to become a ski instructor. It’d be different if Hugo weren’t so tiny, if girls didn’t think he was adorable like a puppy in a purse and guys didn’t call him “leprechaun” and rub his head for luck. But here he is, the tiny new kid on his first day of middle school. When his fellow students discover his remarkable talent for garbology, the science of studying trash to tell you anything you could ever want to know about a person, Hugo becomes the cool kid for the first time in his life. But what happens when it all goes to his head?


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From the acclaimed author of Roll with It and Tune It Out comes a funny and moving middle grade novel about a boy who uses his unusual talent for decoding people’s trash to try to fit in at his new school. Hugo is not happy about being dragged halfway across the state of Colorado just because his dad had a midlife crisis and decided to become a ski instructor. It’d be diffe From the acclaimed author of Roll with It and Tune It Out comes a funny and moving middle grade novel about a boy who uses his unusual talent for decoding people’s trash to try to fit in at his new school. Hugo is not happy about being dragged halfway across the state of Colorado just because his dad had a midlife crisis and decided to become a ski instructor. It’d be different if Hugo weren’t so tiny, if girls didn’t think he was adorable like a puppy in a purse and guys didn’t call him “leprechaun” and rub his head for luck. But here he is, the tiny new kid on his first day of middle school. When his fellow students discover his remarkable talent for garbology, the science of studying trash to tell you anything you could ever want to know about a person, Hugo becomes the cool kid for the first time in his life. But what happens when it all goes to his head?

30 review for One Kid's Trash

  1. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    Want to learn about the art of garbology? Read this book and discover the clues that lurk in our garbage cans. Hugo O'Connell is the new guy and a chance remark about what would help make a strict teacher loosen up reveals his garbage-reading talents. Soon classmates are bringing him bags of garbage for him to analyze and help them solve a problem in their life. How can I get my big brother to let me ride with him to school? How can I get the soccer captain to notice me? And on and on. . . What Want to learn about the art of garbology? Read this book and discover the clues that lurk in our garbage cans. Hugo O'Connell is the new guy and a chance remark about what would help make a strict teacher loosen up reveals his garbage-reading talents. Soon classmates are bringing him bags of garbage for him to analyze and help them solve a problem in their life. How can I get my big brother to let me ride with him to school? How can I get the soccer captain to notice me? And on and on. . . What will happen if Hugo decides to use his powers to stop a bully? I loved so many things about this book: 1) The new school growing pains for Hugo. 2) The setting in Colorado. 3) Hugo's skills at reading the clues in the bags of garbage. 4) His honesty in struggling with his parent's decisions. 5) The ending is epic! If Jamie Sumner isn't on your "Must Read" list yet, she will be after you read this one. Highly recommended! Thank you to Atheneum and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    I'm excited for this book to be out in the world on August 31st 2021! It's about what the things we leave behind say about us (and also bullying and sneaking out to ski and food fights and dodgeball and crossword puzzles and night sledding)! I'm excited for this book to be out in the world on August 31st 2021! It's about what the things we leave behind say about us (and also bullying and sneaking out to ski and food fights and dodgeball and crossword puzzles and night sledding)!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Afoma (Reading Middle Grade)

    One Kid’s Trash is a funny, poignant, and engaging story about adjusting to new circumstances and finding and appreciating your people. Featuring a relatable protagonist and complex friend and family dynamics, this new middle grade book makes for an enjoyable read. At under 250 pages long, it’s also a short read that readers can blow through quickly. Bonus points for snow sports lovers as this is set in a skiing town in Colorado! Read my full review on my blog. Many thanks to the publisher for an One Kid’s Trash is a funny, poignant, and engaging story about adjusting to new circumstances and finding and appreciating your people. Featuring a relatable protagonist and complex friend and family dynamics, this new middle grade book makes for an enjoyable read. At under 250 pages long, it’s also a short read that readers can blow through quickly. Bonus points for snow sports lovers as this is set in a skiing town in Colorado! Read my full review on my blog. Many thanks to the publisher for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    One Kid's Trash is a middle grade contemporary written by Jamie Sumner. Hugo O'Connell is an only child who has been bullied his whole life because he is small stature. However, his passion for Garbology might turn things around at his new school. Irish American rising sixth grader Hugo O’Connell is used to being picked on and passed over, thanks to his small stature. However, when he and his parents move from Denver to Creekside, Colorado, so his ex-engineer dad can pursue his passion of ski ins One Kid's Trash is a middle grade contemporary written by Jamie Sumner. Hugo O'Connell is an only child who has been bullied his whole life because he is small stature. However, his passion for Garbology might turn things around at his new school. Irish American rising sixth grader Hugo O’Connell is used to being picked on and passed over, thanks to his small stature. However, when he and his parents move from Denver to Creekside, Colorado, so his ex-engineer dad can pursue his passion of ski instructing, Hugo hopes he’ll have a fresh start, despite his anguish at having to leave his only friends behind. Starting middle school with his affable half-Indian, half-white cousin, Vijay O'Connell, whose thoughtful inclusion often leaves him feeling coddled, Hugo builds tentative friendships with Vijay's friends, who are launching a school newsletter, and begins leveraging his unusual skill at garbology – the practice of inferring information about a person from their trash, to help classmates make sports teams, finagle rides from older siblings, and more. With his dad becoming increasingly absent and the arguments between his parents growing more frequent, Hugo leans into his growing popularity to distract himself and take on a bully One Kid's Trash is written rather well. Sumner renders Hugo's journey toward embracing his strengths and recognizing the power of kindness painfully believable, not shying from his own hurtful and immature behavior as he learns valuable lessons about friendship and family. Sumner perfectly captures the fickle nature of middle school social status and the gnawing pain of betrayal. This is a strong work about finding your people, learning to apologize, and the rewards of self-respect. All in all, One Kid's Trash is a wonderful narrative with a near pitch-perfect voice with everyday bravery of middle school survival that is not to be missed.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mid-Continent Public Library

    Want to learn about the art of garbology? Read this book and discover the clues that lurk in our garbage cans. Hugo O'Connell is the new guy and a chance remark about what would help make a strict teacher loosen up reveals his garbage-reading talents. Soon classmates are bringing him bags of garbage for him to analyze and help them solve a problem in their life. How can I get my big brother to let me ride with him to school? How can I get the soccer captain to notice me? And on and on. . . What Want to learn about the art of garbology? Read this book and discover the clues that lurk in our garbage cans. Hugo O'Connell is the new guy and a chance remark about what would help make a strict teacher loosen up reveals his garbage-reading talents. Soon classmates are bringing him bags of garbage for him to analyze and help them solve a problem in their life. How can I get my big brother to let me ride with him to school? How can I get the soccer captain to notice me? And on and on. . . What will happen if Hugo decides to use his powers to stop a bully? I loved so many things about this book: 1) The new school growing pains for Hugo. 2) The setting in Colorado. 3) Hugo's skills at reading the clues in the bags of garbage. 4) His honesty in struggling with his parent's decisions. 5) The ending is epic! If Jamie Sumner isn't on your "Must Read" list yet, she will be after you read this one. Highly recommended! *Reviewed by Darla from Red Bridge*

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Hugo's parents have moved him from Denver to a smaller town where his aunt and uncle live, and where his father has taken a job as a ski instructor. It's nice to be near his cousin, Vijay, and middle school wasn't all that great in the city. Still, Hugo is on the small side, having been born prematurely, and he is often picked on, so wary of his new school. It's easier having his cousin around, but he still runs afoul of the much larger Chance. On the bright side, E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Hugo's parents have moved him from Denver to a smaller town where his aunt and uncle live, and where his father has taken a job as a ski instructor. It's nice to be near his cousin, Vijay, and middle school wasn't all that great in the city. Still, Hugo is on the small side, having been born prematurely, and he is often picked on, so wary of his new school. It's easier having his cousin around, but he still runs afoul of the much larger Chance. On the bright side, he gets involved with the new school newsletter, which Em is very excited about. Things are a bit rough at home, with his parents doing a lot of late night "whisper arguing" and his father spending long hours working at the ski resort. His mother decides to start her therapy practice back up, and decides to work from their house, which is a bit of an adjustment. At school, Vijay discovers that Hugo has a unique talent-- he can tell a lot about a person from their garbage, using information his mother has imparted to him, and can use his "garbology" skills to help people navigate situations. This earns him some prestige, and he starts to feel at home in his school. There are still problems, such as the newsletter not doing well and Em struggling with some personal challenges, run ins with Chance (including one in an epic dodge ball game), and the continued tense atmosphere at home. Still, he feels more at home and more empowered than he did at school. When several incidents put his new life in jeopardy, will he be able to use his new sense of agency to continue the kind of life he wants to have? Strengths: This was a fun, humorous novel that included a few serious topics without slowing down the pace. I thought that the ways the parents' jobs impacted Hugo's life was very nicely done, and including a cousin (whose mother is Indian, although most of the rest of the cast presents as white) brought in some interesting moments. The garbology was a clever gimmick, and Hugo really uses it to his advantage. It reminded me a bit of Boelts' 2011 The P.S. Brothers, where a lot of the book centered on pooper scooping! The teachers and administration all seem very supportive and understanding even though Hugo occasionally gets in trouble, which is nice to see in a middle grade book. The school newsletter is handled in a very realistic way. Weaknesses: Chance was a bit stereotypical; I'm really waiting for a book where the bully is someone more like Hugo. Small, smart kids can be wily, and would make excellent emotional bullies because teachers would be less likely to believe it of them. What I really think: I thought that this was going to be about recycling in a school, so I started at a disadvantage. I wasn't quite convinced about the garbology, but this was a solid, humorous middle grade novel that I think many readers of Richards' Stu Truly, Uhrig's Double the Danger and Zero Zucchini, and Costner's My Life as a Potato will like.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Diana N.

    One Kid's Trash is a really fun book about making new friends! I like how Hugo goes and digs into the trash to learn about his classmates. It's really hard being a new kid. At first, everybody thought Hugo was weird, but the kids eventually changed their mind. It's important to to be nice to others and learn about what makes them special just like Hugo did. This is a great book for elementary school kids to read. My 3rd grader that is a sometimes reluctant reader, got hooked on this book and prov One Kid's Trash is a really fun book about making new friends! I like how Hugo goes and digs into the trash to learn about his classmates. It's really hard being a new kid. At first, everybody thought Hugo was weird, but the kids eventually changed their mind. It's important to to be nice to others and learn about what makes them special just like Hugo did. This is a great book for elementary school kids to read. My 3rd grader that is a sometimes reluctant reader, got hooked on this book and provided this review. She gives it 5 stars or 5.5 if she could! We excitedly received this book from a goodreads giveaway.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Grissom

    Thanks to Edelweiss Plus for an eARC of this book. Jamie Sumner is becoming an auto-read author for me. After reading and loving couple of her other books, I jumped all over requesting this one. Great story, loved the characters, quick, easy read and very middle grade friendly. Never a dull moment in the story so I got through this one very quickly. Students in 3rd through 5th grade at my school will really enjoy this one.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Liz Mannegren

    When Hugo's family moves, he faces his first day in a new school -- and all the insecurities and vulnerabilities that come with it. But Hugo has a secret talent: garbology. And along the way, he learns important life lessons about friendship, bullying, and being who you are. I love how realistic this story feels. The characters spring to life. Hugo and his friends are full of wit and fun, but also the sort of real-life challenges that I think we can all relate to. The garbology theme is creative When Hugo's family moves, he faces his first day in a new school -- and all the insecurities and vulnerabilities that come with it. But Hugo has a secret talent: garbology. And along the way, he learns important life lessons about friendship, bullying, and being who you are. I love how realistic this story feels. The characters spring to life. Hugo and his friends are full of wit and fun, but also the sort of real-life challenges that I think we can all relate to. The garbology theme is creative and adds a fresh spin to this middle-grade story. I look forward to sharing Jamie Sumner's stories with my kids as they grow!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lorie Barber

    Sweet realistic fiction story about Hugo, who, through an unusual talent, experiences changes at his new middle school and goes from "zero" to "hero." Themes about friendship, bullying, and loving yourself for who you are, coupled with its unique take on the study of society and those in it makes One Kid's Trash a unique story to which lots of kids will relate! My thanks to the author for an ARC to read and share with my reading group! Publishes in August. Sweet realistic fiction story about Hugo, who, through an unusual talent, experiences changes at his new middle school and goes from "zero" to "hero." Themes about friendship, bullying, and loving yourself for who you are, coupled with its unique take on the study of society and those in it makes One Kid's Trash a unique story to which lots of kids will relate! My thanks to the author for an ARC to read and share with my reading group! Publishes in August.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I read Roll With It a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it. Which is why I'm so heartbroken at the fact that this was a 3 star read, really a 2.5 for me. The book just felt so all over the place for me. Hugo's family just moved from one part of Colorado to another so his dad can be a ski instructor. Hugo is very small for his age because he was born two months early, but at least his cousin is in the same town now. This book just fell short for me. Hugo is a really unlikeable character. H I read Roll With It a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it. Which is why I'm so heartbroken at the fact that this was a 3 star read, really a 2.5 for me. The book just felt so all over the place for me. Hugo's family just moved from one part of Colorado to another so his dad can be a ski instructor. Hugo is very small for his age because he was born two months early, but at least his cousin is in the same town now. This book just fell short for me. Hugo is a really unlikeable character. He never takes responsibility for his actions. Everything that happens is always someone else's fault. I am all for complex characters but Hugo was just too much. Even in the end, he doesn't really seem to care about what he did. It felt like everyone quickly forgives him when he doesn't even seem sincere in his apology. There were plot points that just felt unneeded or that they didn't make sense. Early in the book, we see the mom of one of the friends show up to school and is clearly all over the place. I thought the book was going to go more in the direction of the mom having some sort of illness and how to support her friend but it never goes deeper. it just felt like such a weird addition to the book. There are a few other times in the book where there are plot points that again seem to just come out of nowhere. The ending of the book as well just doesn't really match up with the rest of the book. Maybe I missed something but it just seemed so random and like it was trying to wrap up the book in a neat bow. I did like the character of Em. Middle school me was similar to her and I think she's a great character even if she is just a side character. I also like the introduction to garbology, although again didn't feel it really had a solid point to it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    If you are looking for a middle grade novel about starting middle school, trying to fit in, making friends, and dealing with bullying, then One Kid’s Trash is the book for you. The inclusion of garbology as a mini superpower for our main character makes this realistic novel both unique and the perfect addition to your middle grade novel collection. When Hugo’s parents drag him away from his school and friends so his dad can start a new career (as a ski lift operator!) it’s just one more thing Hu If you are looking for a middle grade novel about starting middle school, trying to fit in, making friends, and dealing with bullying, then One Kid’s Trash is the book for you. The inclusion of garbology as a mini superpower for our main character makes this realistic novel both unique and the perfect addition to your middle grade novel collection. When Hugo’s parents drag him away from his school and friends so his dad can start a new career (as a ski lift operator!) it’s just one more thing Hugo has to deal with. Like being short. And the short jokes and bullying that come with being short. Not to mention his mother’s constant worrying about his health. Starting middle school is hard enough without having to start at a new school and make new friends and avoid new bullies. Hugo’s got his cousin Vij to show him around, but he knows he’s just doing it out of family obligation and when Vij reveals Hugo’s skills in garbology - the science of understanding someone from the contents of their rubbish bin - he knows it’s only a matter of time until he before he becomes the laughing stock of the school. Starting middle school is hard. Whether that’s a new school or just moving into those middle grade year levels, it’s a common time around the world of new relationships, complicated friendships, new expectations from teachers, that awkward time of loving your parents but also being embarrassed by them and just trying to find your place in the universe. For Hugo, his main worry is dealing with all the short comments and jokes he faces from his classmates. Some are made in fun and might not mean any harm, but they still hurt. And then there are the bullies. Like Chance at his new school. Chance is big, loud and determined to let Hugo know he doesn’t fit in. During the course of the book Hugo moves from wanting to be invisible, gaining friends and some fame among his classmates due to his garbology skills, wanting to speak up against the bullying - not just for himself but for his friend Micah and the other people Chance bullies - to retaliation and revenge, before learning the impact of his own actions. Hugo’s skills in garbology are a great addition to this story. While Hugo has a knack for reading people’s rubbish, it remains a science and within the bounds of realism. The other main theme of the book is Hugo’s relationship with his parents. Hugo is upset with his dad, as he waits for him to fulfil his promise of more time together and his disappointment when his dad falls through on these promises. Hugo also struggles to balance his relationship with his mother - wanting her to give him more freedom and not worry as much, but also struggles with her working and seeming to never listen to what Hugo needs or is feeling. It reflects all the complex relationships tweens and parents share at this time, through a very tween-based perspective. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katie Reilley

    Thank you to the author and publisher for sharing an early copy for #bookexpedition to read, share, and review. Hugo’s dad has upended his family, leaving his engineering job in Denver to move across the state and became a ski instructor. The good news is that Hugo’s cousin Vijay is there to show him the ropes. But Hugo’s worried: at his old school, he was bullied because of his small size. Will his new school be the same? At first, it seems so. The school bully, Chance, targets Hugo’s size ever Thank you to the author and publisher for sharing an early copy for #bookexpedition to read, share, and review. Hugo’s dad has upended his family, leaving his engineering job in Denver to move across the state and became a ski instructor. The good news is that Hugo’s cousin Vijay is there to show him the ropes. But Hugo’s worried: at his old school, he was bullied because of his small size. Will his new school be the same? At first, it seems so. The school bully, Chance, targets Hugo’s size every opportunity he gets. Enter Garbology. I’d never heard (or thought) about it before I met Hugo and his people. Hugo’s talent for studying other people’s trash to uncover their secrets has him becoming one of the cool kids for the first time in his life. Suddenly, he’s famous, and the pressure of finally fitting in goes to his head. Will Hugo’s desire to be popular ruin the new friendships he’s made? With themes of friendship, finding who you are, and bullying, One Kid’s Trash is sure to be a hit with middle grade readers when it publishes in August 2021.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cassie Thomas

    A great coming of age story all about Hugo being forced to move from Denver to a smaller town during his father's midlife crisis. Hugo has never been one to "fit in" - having been born with constant hospital stays resulting in growth delays, let's just say he wasn't the average size of his classmates - which caught him a lot flak. As he transitions to his new life and the promise from his father that he will NOT be drowning in work like he was back in Denver - he finds himself in his cousin Vij' A great coming of age story all about Hugo being forced to move from Denver to a smaller town during his father's midlife crisis. Hugo has never been one to "fit in" - having been born with constant hospital stays resulting in growth delays, let's just say he wasn't the average size of his classmates - which caught him a lot flak. As he transitions to his new life and the promise from his father that he will NOT be drowning in work like he was back in Denver - he finds himself in his cousin Vij's shadow at school UNTIL word gets out that Hugo can read your trash like FBI analysts read people. As Hugo's popularity starts to grow without the help of his cousin, so does his ego. Hugo has to find his true self during a time of frustration, retaliation, and popularity. Themes: bullying, parents fighting, midlife crisis, lying, friendship.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Keisha | A Book Like You

    DNF at 3/4 of the way through. I was really looking forward to this but just really wasn’t interested in the story.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Librarylady

    This book tells the story of Hugo who is starting a new middle school because his family has moved. He's always been picked on and bullied because of his small size, and this sadly happens again at his new school. However, when people find out his talent for garbology, his cool factor starts to rise. I'm having a really hard time writing this review because I am a huge fan of Jamie Sumner's previous books. I found both Roll With It and Tune It Out amazing reads because they were so moving for me This book tells the story of Hugo who is starting a new middle school because his family has moved. He's always been picked on and bullied because of his small size, and this sadly happens again at his new school. However, when people find out his talent for garbology, his cool factor starts to rise. I'm having a really hard time writing this review because I am a huge fan of Jamie Sumner's previous books. I found both Roll With It and Tune It Out amazing reads because they were so moving for me. Unfortunately, I just did not connect with One Kid's Trash in the same way.so I would rate it a 3.5. I just could not relate to the main character, but it could be the perfect read for someone else.

  17. 4 out of 5

    TheNextGenLibrarian

    “Garbology,” I whisper, “is the study of people’s trash to learn more about them.” 🗑 Hugo just had his life upended because his dad quit his steady job to become a ski instructor. This means they had to move across Colorado and Hugo will be going to school with his cousin, Vij. It wouldn’t be so bad if Hugo wasn’t so small due to him being born premature. When the school bully, Chance, starts targeting him and he begins to feel like he’ll never fit in, Hugo surprises everyone with his knowledge o “Garbology,” I whisper, “is the study of people’s trash to learn more about them.” 🗑 Hugo just had his life upended because his dad quit his steady job to become a ski instructor. This means they had to move across Colorado and Hugo will be going to school with his cousin, Vij. It wouldn’t be so bad if Hugo wasn’t so small due to him being born premature. When the school bully, Chance, starts targeting him and he begins to feel like he’ll never fit in, Hugo surprises everyone with his knowledge of discovering secrets about people through their trash. Suddenly everyone wants to get to know Hugo, but will it go to his head? 🗑 I’ve loved Jamie Sumner ever since Roll With It came out and this book is no exception. This middle grade book about finding who you are in middle school (something we can all relate to) will really resonate with #MG readers. Thank you Edelweiss for an advanced readers copy. Grab yours August 31!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    I received an electronic ARC from Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing through NetGalley. Garbage is not a usual focus for middle grade novels, but in this case, it works to help a new kid fit in. Hugo is struggling with his family's move and starting at a new school. Unfortunately, he also faces the issue of his height; he's not very tall and has to reestablish coping methods with new people. He tries to show his skills by analyzing someone's trash and steps into the role of a garbologist. O I received an electronic ARC from Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing through NetGalley. Garbage is not a usual focus for middle grade novels, but in this case, it works to help a new kid fit in. Hugo is struggling with his family's move and starting at a new school. Unfortunately, he also faces the issue of his height; he's not very tall and has to reestablish coping methods with new people. He tries to show his skills by analyzing someone's trash and steps into the role of a garbologist. One shining gift is that his cousin is also at his school and in several of his classes. Hugo tries to step out from the support from his cousin and in doing so, hurts Vijay along with other friends. Bullying plays a key role in advancing the story and readers get to see the bullied become the bully in a moment of anger. Sumner captures middle school life and readers will connect with the students and staff. They stop short of being stereotypes and are shared as normal humans with struggles and challenges to be met.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Hugo was born two months prematurely and has always been small for his age. He’s always been bullied and always had a hard time making friends, but FINALLY he has two close friends; he’s finally found his people. So he’s not happy when his dad suddenly decides he needs to get away from the craziness of Denver, leave his engineering job and move the family across the state to become a ski instructor. Sure, Hugo’s cousin is there, but will he be able to find his people again? Once there, life is a Hugo was born two months prematurely and has always been small for his age. He’s always been bullied and always had a hard time making friends, but FINALLY he has two close friends; he’s finally found his people. So he’s not happy when his dad suddenly decides he needs to get away from the craziness of Denver, leave his engineering job and move the family across the state to become a ski instructor. Sure, Hugo’s cousin is there, but will he be able to find his people again? Once there, life is a struggle, until the kids discover his super power. He can read people’s trash to learn more about them. He’s an expert in garbology! Suddenly he’s famous, everyone wants to be his friend and it all begins to go to his head… I’ve loved Jamie Sumner’s MG books, ROLL WITH IT and TUNE IT OUT, so I was thrilled when she shared an e ARC with me. I wasn’t disappointed! I loved reading Hugo’s story. The theme of bullying is highlighted throughout the story, but it’s also about friendship, supporting your friends, skiing and of course, Garbology! It’s a fun story about the importance of finding your people - the ones who will support and understand you, and cherishing those friendships. This is a great choice for ages 8-13 and needs to be on every librarian’s summer order list, as well as your own. It’s available 8.31.21.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laura Miller

    🗑 One Kid’s Trash by @jamiesumner_author 🗑 I gotta admit that I was a bit skeptical about the premise of this book when I heard about it. But @ponchospages loved it so I knew I probably would! And… It turns out this is a fun and compulsively readable middle grade story about a boy trying to find his place in the world while dealing with bullying at a new school and with moving and stressed out parents at home. When he lets it slip that he’s interested in “garbology” (a branch of psychoanalysis th 🗑 One Kid’s Trash by @jamiesumner_author 🗑 I gotta admit that I was a bit skeptical about the premise of this book when I heard about it. But @ponchospages loved it so I knew I probably would! And… It turns out this is a fun and compulsively readable middle grade story about a boy trying to find his place in the world while dealing with bullying at a new school and with moving and stressed out parents at home. When he lets it slip that he’s interested in “garbology” (a branch of psychoanalysis that studies people and culture through analyzing their trash) he becomes known for something other than being the “short kid” for the first time. But what happens when he lets it go to his head? I’m going to propose pairing this book with two slightly unconventional choices. First, the children’s picture book by @loriorlinskyauthor called Being Small (Isn’t So Bad After All) which addresses being bullied for one’s size in a kid-friendly way. Secondly, with Landfill Mountains by @rabtales, which has a future society surviving on the edge of a landfill and packs a great climate-change message for the YA audience. https://www.instagram.com/p/CUQsdWML1...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Morrell

    Hugo is the new kid in school and he's small for his age. Not to mention that he attends school with his cooler cousin, Vij that brings Hugo headfirst into the world of the school newsletter. To top it all off, a big kid named Chance rubs his head for luck sometimes. At home, life with his parents isn't any better when Dad's new job becomes his new focus leaving mom and Hugo constantly on their own. Hugo shares his hidden talent for "Garbology" with his cousin and some friends, and suddenly ever Hugo is the new kid in school and he's small for his age. Not to mention that he attends school with his cooler cousin, Vij that brings Hugo headfirst into the world of the school newsletter. To top it all off, a big kid named Chance rubs his head for luck sometimes. At home, life with his parents isn't any better when Dad's new job becomes his new focus leaving mom and Hugo constantly on their own. Hugo shares his hidden talent for "Garbology" with his cousin and some friends, and suddenly everyone knows all about it. Reading other people's trash to find out about them soon becomes the talk of the school. Is this how Hugo will finally shine with his own light, or does the whole idea get "trashed?" I really enjoyed the heartfelt and real voice of the main character and I could feel his issues with the vivid memories he shares. Sumner does a fantastic job with characters and sharing emotional reality which is at the heart of this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amber Webb

    Hugo is a boy who has had no say in how his life is going. His Dad decides he wants to live his dream instead of just working a job and moves the family across Colorado because her wants to be a ski instructor. This leaves Hugo and his Mom feeling a little lost and struggling to find their place. Thankfully, Hugo has his cousin Vij to help him fit in at a new school. Middle school is hard enough, but when you are the smallest kid in the grade, the new kid and no real athletic ability, it is even Hugo is a boy who has had no say in how his life is going. His Dad decides he wants to live his dream instead of just working a job and moves the family across Colorado because her wants to be a ski instructor. This leaves Hugo and his Mom feeling a little lost and struggling to find their place. Thankfully, Hugo has his cousin Vij to help him fit in at a new school. Middle school is hard enough, but when you are the smallest kid in the grade, the new kid and no real athletic ability, it is even harder. So Vij tries to connect Hugo with his friends. Hugo shares his garbage reading talent with his cousin and it becomes and very big deal, but it turns into something way more than Hugo or Vij ever imagines it could be. Sumner does an amazing job or writing underdog characters to face great challenge, but find ways to "save themselves" and not depend on those around them. She shows how main characters and struggle and still triumph within that. Amazing writer!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Christie

    Garbology! The fact that the main character has a special talent in garbology (studying the contents of someone's trash to make insights about them) reminded me of an activity I used to do with my sixth grade students. The activity asked them to draw items that would be in the garbage of the main character of their independent reading book and ask them to explain why it was there, what it says about them, and what text evidence led them to choose each item. This talent made this story extra enga Garbology! The fact that the main character has a special talent in garbology (studying the contents of someone's trash to make insights about them) reminded me of an activity I used to do with my sixth grade students. The activity asked them to draw items that would be in the garbage of the main character of their independent reading book and ask them to explain why it was there, what it says about them, and what text evidence led them to choose each item. This talent made this story extra engaging to me, and judging by my students' reactions to that assignment, it will likely make the story extra engaging to middle grade readers as well.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Thanks to #NetGalley for the early copy. I love this middle grade story! How refreshing and what a nice story to read. Hugo is upset when his family moves across the state due to his dad's new job. Hugo has to not only move but has to change schools as well. He's happy that he at least gets to go to school with his cousin Vij. Hugo does not like starting new because he is tiny and others tease pick on him. But when Hugo discovers a new talent at school it changes things, but changes somethings t Thanks to #NetGalley for the early copy. I love this middle grade story! How refreshing and what a nice story to read. Hugo is upset when his family moves across the state due to his dad's new job. Hugo has to not only move but has to change schools as well. He's happy that he at least gets to go to school with his cousin Vij. Hugo does not like starting new because he is tiny and others tease pick on him. But when Hugo discovers a new talent at school it changes things, but changes somethings that Hugo later regrets. A great middle grade story and I cant wait to recommend it to some of my higher readers.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Adelman

    Hugo’s dad moved the family across Colorado after leaving his job to become a ski instructor. While Hugo is happy he’ll be closer to family, especially his cousin Vijay, he’s dreading being the new kid. At his last middle school, Hugo was bullied because of his size and it starts right back up at his new school. But, when some students find out about Hugo’s knack for garbology (the science of studying someone’s trash to learn more about that person), his popularity soars. Will this talent help H Hugo’s dad moved the family across Colorado after leaving his job to become a ski instructor. While Hugo is happy he’ll be closer to family, especially his cousin Vijay, he’s dreading being the new kid. At his last middle school, Hugo was bullied because of his size and it starts right back up at his new school. But, when some students find out about Hugo’s knack for garbology (the science of studying someone’s trash to learn more about that person), his popularity soars. Will this talent help Hugo find his tribe? Read to find out! Thank you to the author for providing #collabookation with an ARC. I love Jamie Sumner’s stories and this one is sure to be a MG favorite. Out in August 2021.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Greene

    MUST HAVE ALL OF HER BOOKS!! Jamie Sumner knows how write in a way that makes children (and adults) want to keep reading! She understands the inner workings of a child's mind in amazing ways. I love how her stories are totally relatable. As a teacher, I appreciate books written like this! I love when you can really empathize with a character! Great work! Looking forward to reading more of her future works! MUST HAVE ALL OF HER BOOKS!! Jamie Sumner knows how write in a way that makes children (and adults) want to keep reading! She understands the inner workings of a child's mind in amazing ways. I love how her stories are totally relatable. As a teacher, I appreciate books written like this! I love when you can really empathize with a character! Great work! Looking forward to reading more of her future works!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy in return for an honest review. An engaging story, with a unique premise - the study of trash, about starting over at a new school and finding your friends. The story addresses bullying and whether it's okay to bully others because you've been bullied. Add in complex family dynamics and you get a compelling story. Also, this book is under 250 pages so it is a book that kids can read quickly! With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy in return for an honest review. An engaging story, with a unique premise - the study of trash, about starting over at a new school and finding your friends. The story addresses bullying and whether it's okay to bully others because you've been bullied. Add in complex family dynamics and you get a compelling story. Also, this book is under 250 pages so it is a book that kids can read quickly!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Susan Rose

    Jamie Sumner knows how to write and how to create believable protagonists. Hugo is memorable. This is one of the very few middle age books that I have read where the child is able to internalize the psychologist parent's insights and observation skills ("Garbology"and be coherent, consistent and believable. I am a definite Garbology fan myself after reading this entertaining, sympathetic and thoroughly believable book. Jamie Sumner knows how to write and how to create believable protagonists. Hugo is memorable. This is one of the very few middle age books that I have read where the child is able to internalize the psychologist parent's insights and observation skills ("Garbology"and be coherent, consistent and believable. I am a definite Garbology fan myself after reading this entertaining, sympathetic and thoroughly believable book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Calleen Petersen

    Does your child struggle with being bullied? This is a fabulous look into a kid’s world of what being bullied is like, but also how sometimes the bullied becomes a bully, and just how easy that switch can be. Loveable characters with family issues anyone can relate to. Another great book to add to your bookshelf by Jamie Sumner!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sacha

    Thanks to NetGalley and Atheneum Books for Young Readers for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I'll post that review upon publication. Happily, I'll share details there about why this fits much more into treasure than trash! More to come! Thanks to NetGalley and Atheneum Books for Young Readers for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I'll post that review upon publication. Happily, I'll share details there about why this fits much more into treasure than trash! More to come!

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