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Scholastic Press, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 237 pages
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Fergal Bamfield doesn't collect stamps like normal kids. He's an oddball (his mother prefers to call him "clever"), and his collection is as strange as everything else about him. Fergal Bamfield collects tin cans.
Then one day he finds a can without a label. What could be in it? Peaches, soup, perhaps revolting spam? But instead it's something gruesome: a human finger. Then Fergal finds another can, this time containing a one-word message, HELP! Now Fergal and his friend Charlotte are knee-deep in an adventure, and they're about to learn something horrible: Everybody has an expiration date.

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The ending will make you cringe. - Goodreads
Shearer has a page-turning prose... - Goodreads
And yes, the plot twist. - Goodreads
I also commend Shearer's use of the plot twist. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Luka - Goodreads

Fergal's just another odd kid who collects cans -unlabeled cans- instead. But as he collects a can, he finds a message. Then a bodypart, a finger. Mysteries overflows him and wondering sensations ... Read full review

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User Review  - Shradha - Goodreads

Fergal Bamfield has always been known for being clever. And clever people are known for doing strange things. So no one thinks anything of it when he starts collecting cans without the label on them ... Read full review


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About the author (2006)

Alex Shearer is a television scriptwriter as well as the author of a number of books for children and teens. Before he was a published author, Mr. Shearer had more than thirty odd jobs, including working as a worm picker and a computer programmer. He lives with his wife and two children in Bristol, England.

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