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Shearer, Alex.
New York : Scholastic, 2008
IL 3-6, RL 4.0
ISBN 0439903092
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How many of you have a hobby? How many of you like to collecting things? Well Canned is about a boy who likes to collect unlabeled cans. And he has so many that his mom tells him that he's going to have to open one before she'll let him buy another one. Now he's expecting something like Spaghetti O's or Corn, but when he opens the can he finds a severed finger. Now this is quite strange, but the other cans he opens don't have anything as interesting as this so he thinks maybe there was a factory accident and they just couldn't find the limb. He brushes it off until he meets a girl who also likes to collect cans. Well he has to tell her the story of what he found in his can this one time, and she says she's had a similar experience. One time she found a severed ear in a can. 
Now they both know something is up, and they have to figure out what is going on, so they go in search of other unlabeled cans. Together they find one can that has no label, and they are so excited to find out what's inside they just can't wait to buy it, so they open it right away. Inside they find a note that reads Help. (Jami Schwarzwalder, Teen Librarian,
SUBJECTS:     Tin cans -- Fiction.
                        Collectors and collecting -- Fiction.
                        England -- Fiction.
                        Mystery and detective stories.

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