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The Seventh Most Important Thing
by Shelley Pearsall


Overview - Shelley Pearsall's story of anger and art, loss and redemption, is a transformative read that will appeal to fans of Lisa Graff's" Lost in the Sun" and Vince Vawter's "Paperboy."
"One kid. One crime. One chance to make things right."
It was a bitterly cold day when Arthur T.
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Overview
Shelley Pearsall's story of anger and art, loss and redemption, is a transformative read that will appeal to fans of Lisa Graff's" Lost in the Sun" and Vince Vawter's "Paperboy."
"One kid. One crime. One chance to make things right."
It was a bitterly cold day when Arthur T. Owens grabbed a brick and hurled it at the trash picker. Arthur had his reasons, and the brick hit the Junk Man in the arm, not the head. But none of that matters to the judge he is ready to send Arthur to juvie for the foreseeable future. Amazingly, it s the Junk Man himself who offers an alternative: 120 hours of community service . . . working for him.
Arthur is given a rickety shopping cart and a list of the Seven Most Important Things: glass bottles, foil, cardboard, pieces of wood, lightbulbs, coffee cans, and mirrors. He can t believe it is he really supposed to rummage through people s trash? But it isn t long before Arthur realizes there s more to the Junk Man than meets the eye, and the trash he s collecting is being transformed into something more precious than anyone could imagine. . . .
Inspired by the work of American folk artist James Hampton, award-winning author Shelley Pearsall has crafted an affecting and redemptive novel about discovering what shines within us all, even when life seems full of darkness."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780553497281
  • ISBN-10: 0553497286
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: September 2015
  • Page Count: 288
  • Reading Level: Ages 10-UP


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Historical - United States - 20th Century
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Books > Juvenile Fiction > People & Places - United States - African-American

 
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