From the author: Trash heaps at the road side are full of cool treasure, but Drew’s mom doesn’t understand, and she insists that his finds are dangerous junk that’s full of germs. Maybe—as Drew suspects after he brings home a mysterious amulet that makes him itch and break out in dragon scales—she’s right.
Out of all the things I've found abandoned by the side of the road, the silver pendant was definitely the coolest.
I found it in the gutter four blocks from my house. The pendant itself was a nine-pointed star, polished to a bright shine, with a weird stone in the middle. The stone looked green, but if you held it up to the light just right, it somehow turned white.
Of course, I put it on right away, and hid it under my shirt.
When I got home, Mom said, "Drew, why on Earth is there a pile of broken trophies by the side of the house?"
I don't know why she always asked me stuff like this. She already knew what I was going to say. "Because it's treasure."
"It's trash. And you don't know where that's been."
"Sure I do. It's been on the curb in front of the blue house on Wolfton Street."
"And it's covered in who knows what kind of germs!"
"Actually, everything's covered in germs." I opened the fridge and looked for something to eat.
Mom made a face. "Everything will be, if you don't wash...