Recently in class, we have been reading the ‘Lockie Leonard Scumbuster’ play, by Garry Fry, based on the novel by Tim Winton. At first glance, I thought this book was not my type. The story line was quite confusing and I often found myself reading a paragraph over and over again. It would be a good idea to read this book again to get a better understanding of what is really going on.
Lockie Leonard is an ordinary teenager that is disgusted by the pollution in his town and decides to take action and do something about it with the help of his emo friend, Egg. No one in their town is willing to help the environment because no one cares. The Mayor owns the factory that the pollution is being caused by so, just like the rest of the town, he is against cleaning up and making a change to the environment in which they live in. He only cares about the money and keeping his factory open. Lockie Leonard gets together a small group and they protest but they are ignored more than once by the town’s citizens and Mayor.
The book’s environmental message is about water pollution. Not only does the waste getting into the clean water systems threaten the wilflife living underneath the sea, but it looks disgusting and smells disgusting as well.
So, with the help of a few friend’s and adult’s, they think of a plan to clog the pipes so that the dirty water will go back into the factory of which it came out of. By doing this, the workers in the factory will be affected and eventually decide to do something about it. I don’t think this was a good idea as it shows that they are not good teenage role models by breaking the law.
In the end, I would recommend this book for teenagers who really care about the environment, especially pollution, and not for people who are just reading it for a laugh. The humour wasn’t really appealing to me and as I’ve said before, the storyline often got confusing. I’m not saying I hated the book but it just wasn’t for me.
I would rate this book: 4/10