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The Resource The Seventh Most Important Thing

The Seventh Most Important Thing

Label
The Seventh Most Important Thing
Title
The Seventh Most Important Thing
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Shelley Pearsall
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Language
eng
Summary
This "luminescent" (Kirkus Reviews) story of anger and art, loss and redemption will appeal to fans of Lisa Graff's Lost in the Sun and Vince Vawter's Paperboy.NOMINATED FOR 16 STATE AWARDS!AN ALA NOTABLE BOOKAN ILA TEACHERS CHOICEA KIRKUS REVIEWS BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR 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 forever. 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 folk artist James Hampton, Shelley Pearsall has crafted an affecting and redemptive novel about discovering what shines within us all, even when life seems full of darkness. "A moving exploration of how there is often so much more than meets the eye." —Booklist, starred review "There are so many things to love about this book. Remarkable." —The Christian Science Monitor
Summary
In 1963, 13-year-old Arthur is sentenced to community service helping the neighborhood Junk Man after he throws a brick at the old man's head in a moment of rage, but the junk he collects might be more important than he suspects. Inspired by the work of American folk artist James Hampton
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ALA Notable Children's Book, 2016
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10445152
Cataloging source
DLC
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no index present
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760
Literary form
fiction
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  • 4
  • 7
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The Seventh Most Important Thing
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Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:1479dbe8-2716-41c8-91db-529ba6bf01c3
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780553497304
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Seventh Most Important Thing
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:1479dbe8-2716-41c8-91db-529ba6bf01c3
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780553497304
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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