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Grades 4 - 8Grades 2 - 5n/a4.252045
A boy finds a one-word message -- HELP! -- sealed in a tin can and is sucked into a thrillingly gruesome adventure.

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.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published on March 1, 2008 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 0439903092
ISBN-13: 9780439903097
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  • hanli
    hanliWednesday, February 24, 2016 at 11:46 pm22 starsFeatured
    Tins is the same novel as Canned, and I found it was a fiction book that I found slightly entertaining to read. The main character of the story was Fergal, and he had a unique hobby of collecting tins without labels from the bargain basket in the supermarket. Once, he found a finger inside a tin and got caught up to find the mystery behind the finger. The first part of this book was mildly funny, and I loved how Fergal played out scenarios and said things in his head, making him a loveable character. I found that his childish perception of the world allowed him to become overexcited by some things and work methodically with others. However, I did not really enjoy reading the plot of this story because it was too predictable and unrealistic. Even though there was a cliffhanger at the end of almost every chapter, I was always able to easily guess what was going to happen next. Perhaps this was because I was a little too old for the target market, however this does not condone the easily predictable events described throughout this book. Overall, I was not very impressed with the story structure and writing style of this book. Therefore, I will only recommend Tins to younger readers who would like an easy read.