The Seventh Most Important Thing

The Seventh Most Important Thing

eBook - 2015
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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...
Audience: 5.1
760
MG/Middle grades (4th-8th)
Text Difficulty 3 - Text Difficulty 4
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9780553497304
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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rosebud2112
Jun 28, 2016

Interesting fictionalized account of an actual piece of artwork.

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wmtlady
Jan 25, 2016

Excellently written from a young teen boy's perspective. I was especially delighted to find that the story is spun around the real existence of James Hampton and his actual creation that has been saved and displayed by the Smithsonian. I am thinking of buying this for my grandson.

outstanding novel. upper el/tween. about justice and struggling through grief, about acceptance and outsider art. Not at all whatever you are expecting.
~Rose

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tdollar
Jan 11, 2016

I thought it was a very easy read with a lack of advanced vocabulary. Being said, the plot was very captivating and it was a good book.

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