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The Hoarders (The Cousin Cycle #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  65 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Two boys in a dysfunctional family lean on each other to survive, including hoarding food and supplies so they will have food when their mother doesn't feed them.
Paperback, 200 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by Bonneville
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Jan 23, 2017 Chelsea rated it liked it
I liked this book, though it wasn't quite what I expected. I thought maybe it would show how the boys became hoarders, and then how it escalated in their life. I didn't know it was #1 in a series. But it was still good. It did show how the boys became hoarders, and I really understood how you could get in that mentality -even at safe points in their lives, they never could let go of their hoards and feel completely safe. The characters were well-written, and the ending wasn't corny or wicked pre ...more
Jun 19, 2013 Jessie rated it liked it
My aunt sent me this book to read and give my opinion about the book. It's hard to do that. Would I have liked the book more or less if it had come to me another way. I have to say that this is my favorite aunt, and this book is by her new best friend. So... First you have to know that for me a three star rating is good. I only give very exceptional books a four-- like this year's Newberry-- I loved, The One and only Ivan. Books like Walk Two Moons and The Giver get five star ratings. I don't h ...more
Ruth Hunter
Apr 09, 2011 Ruth Hunter rated it it was amazing
Hoarders is the first book in a series. The series takes one main event in an extended family's life and shows how this event affects each cousin from different family cultures. Hoarders takse off with the point of view of two young children who have an unstable family life, where they are often left to fend for themselves. However, as Jean says herself says (I heard her speak) children need stories of hope... and this book has a message of hope as well as a good ending that will be satisfying a ...more
Rick Seely
Jul 01, 2010 Rick Seely added it
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Rick by: Jean Stringam
Heartfelt, great, fantastic...all the adjectives. You have natural wonderful way of painting in the readers mind very vivid pictures of every life situation and do it with one short paragraph of relatively short sentences. You have it mastered. The way you told the story through Cheyenne i think is classic. I enjoyed the nicknames of the twins. I laughed out loud on page 138..Vinegar ad Oil, Rough and Tumble, and Vigor and Vim. I sort of wish that we would have done that with Matt and Marianne b ...more
Jun 17, 2010 Rachelreads rated it it was amazing
My favorite writers are the ones that I can count on to provide me with "stop and ponder" moments in whatever book they write. I can now happily add Jean Stringham to that list. Her debut novel "The Hoarders" is a deeply affecting story of two brothers who do what they must to survive in a world filled with instability and undependable caretakers. This is sad of course, but the courage and commitment of Cheyenne, the oldest, to care for his younger brother and their aunt and step up and BE the c ...more
Jul 25, 2011 Geebowie rated it really liked it
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Aug 01, 2011 Linnae rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile, clean-reads
Cheyenne knows that its up to him to take care of his little brother, Joaquin, because his Mama just doesn't have it in her to do it properly. So he has a secret food stash, just in case it's been a couple of weeks between grocery runs.

Fortunately the boys are part of a large and mostly loving extended family who helps when they can. Then one day Mama leaves them, and their Aunt Amy's checks aren't going to be enough to cover all the bills. They move to the lakehouse to help take care of Grandm
Sep 19, 2012 Renee rated it really liked it
What an interesting story! It definitely makes me extremely grateful for the food that I have to eat. It also makes me more appreciative of having the skill to cook for my family in a way that can be nutritious. This was a hard book to read because it was dealing with two very young boys, but it certainly changed my perspective a bit. As a teacher, it makes me realize how much can slip under the radar and go unnoticed. As a parent, I wanted to reach into the book and grab the two boys and raise ...more
Jun 26, 2010 Shawn rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-book
This book about a boy and his brother who have to survive living with a Mother who is a hoarder----one who probably shouldn't be raising children. The children know this, and seem to make sure that all seems normal in their lives, no matter what. This was reminiscent of the novel, The Glass Castle, but on a milder level. This is written more as a teen book, or perhaps a childrens book, so the writing is simple, and the story is simple, and even though we feel for the boys, it does not pack the w ...more
Jul 09, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it
all in all I actually liked this book. It is a very quick, easy read, definitely intended for a younger crowd, but still enjoyable by an older one as well. My only problem with this book is that I felt like there was a fantastic story going on and just about the time when you really get connected and can't wait to find out what happens to the boys it wrapped everything up in a nice bow and ended. I guess I wanted more detail, more story.... did their aunt get better, does their mom come back??? ...more
Hannah Beesley
Mar 24, 2010 Hannah Beesley rated it it was amazing
I loved this book for so many reasons. Joaquin and Cheyenne are the type of children you can't help but feel drawn to. Many times I found myself teary eyed at the struggles they were faced with and the all too soon adult-topiced conversations they're forced to have. But just as many times I found myself chuckling at the innocence of their observations of an adult world. I also loved this book because there is a special innoncence that these characters are able to maintain despite the situation w ...more
Penny Allen
Jun 21, 2010 Penny Allen rated it it was amazing
I found the characters genuine, the plot reasonable, the dialogue interesting and sometimes funny. "The Hoarders" grabbed me with its twin issues of hunger and abandonmentfor a couple of brothers. Coping with a world that is falling apart by using intelligence and determination, these boys enlist the reader's concern without sentimentality or "poor me" complaining. Faced with a dilemma an adult would have trouble with, the boys somehow cope, and very well, with circumstances. I just gobbled the ...more
Sep 25, 2012 Anne rated it really liked it
Cheyenne and Juaquin are hiding out. The two young brothers learned early to hoard their food, because all too often there wasn't any except what they had stashed in their backpacks. But now things were especially bad because their mom had disappeared and something was wrong with Aunt Amy.

I enjoyed this book for young adults. It reads easily and I really liked the writing. I started reading it while I was already halfway done with another book, but couldn't put it down until I finished it.
Jul 06, 2010 Mandy rated it liked it
Shelves: firstreads
This book was interesting. It was written from a child's perspective for a younger audience, so it has a little bit of a different feel to it. It was hard to read what these two boys had to do to ensure they had full bellies, but it was stated so matter-of-factly and simply because it was their reality. I laughed sometimes with Cheyenne's view of the world but was also impressed with his street smarts. Most of all, I liked the end of the book. I thought it was a great way to finish it up.
Maya Cornaby
Jun 19, 2013 Maya Cornaby rated it it was amazing
I am 10 years old, the same age as Cheyenne. Once you start this book it is hard to put it down. This book is one of the best books I have ever read. It will make you very grateful for everything you have. Cheyenne and Joaquin have to work together to survive. The author shows how important teamwork is. Thanks for writing an awesome book.
Jul 13, 2010 Amy rated it it was ok
I gave this book to Jake to read who didn't want to finish it, then to Carly who also didn't want to finish it. I then read it and wow! This is a book to have your children read when they are being totally ungrateful for all they have. The book was written well but it was not a feel good book at all. It ended fine but the whole story was really sad.
Michael Wright
Aug 13, 2010 Michael Wright rated it really liked it
It is heartbreaking to read what two boys must do to insure they have something to eat. This book is written for young readers but it appeals to adults as well. You can't help but feel for the two young boys and root for them to prevail over their dire circumstances.
Sep 19, 2011 Kalee rated it really liked it
While I love books like this, I also don't like that they make me feel a little depressed that there are people/kids who live like this. I like to think that everyone in the world is relatively happy (I know how ridiculous that sounds, but it helps me sleep without worrying about everyone).
Aug 22, 2010 Shersta rated it it was amazing
I can't help it - I LOVED this little book. I was completely charmed by Jean's young protagonist and her strange but compelling world where little boys can slip through the cracks of a supposedly civilized society.
Nov 06, 2010 Stephanie rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010, young-adult
I couldn't wait to read this story about two young brothers who face a series of challenges in their lives and cope by hoarding food. Ultimately, I was wildly disappointed. A quick read - I think I finished it in less than an hour.
Jun 30, 2010 Ali rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, hard-times
This was a tough one for me to rate. I thought the writing was superb. Its a fairly simple story, and I wasn't sure if it was a young adult book or not, and even after reading it, I'm not sure. But the world the author creates for these kids is very interesting and believable.
Tom Ricks
Jun 15, 2010 Tom Ricks rated it it was amazing
Jean has an excellent story-telling style that captures a young voice. I was emotionally involved with out even trying! The characters are believable and I loved the "summer in the cabin" section. Very believable and all around well done.
Feb 28, 2011 Heather rated it liked it
It was really YA. There wasn't any amazing writing, but I thought the characters were good and it did make me think a lot. Easy quick read.
John Rose
Jul 09, 2010 John Rose rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
This author really knows how to tell a story. Great characters, a tragic story told in a humorous way. A very good book.
Feb 07, 2014 Kitty rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Well written, but such a hard topic.
Apr 11, 2012 Jamie rated it really liked it
Written from a child's point of view; sweet, simple and touching.
Jun 23, 2013 Mary rated it it was ok
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Mar 27, 2011 Daryl rated it it was amazing
Great book all the way through. It kept me wondering what was going to happen next to these two boys
Jan 26, 2013 Sharonh rated it it was ok
unrealistic and childish...
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Jean Stringam has worn many hats, from piano teacher to English professor and from member of SAG to member of SCBWI. Born and raised in Alberta, Canada, she has lived in France, China, England, and half a dozen US states. Her definition of home is wherever the people she loves happen to live. Jean says stories are wonderful because you can live everywhere you can imagine and be anyone you can envi ...more
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