The seventh most important thing

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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 .

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

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Grouping Title seventh most important thing
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subject_facet African Americans -- Juvenile fiction, Artists -- Juvenile fiction, Children's audiobooks, Community service (Punishment) -- Juvenile fiction, Folk art -- Juvenile fiction, Hampton, James, -- 1909-1964 -- Juvenile fiction
title_display The seventh most important thing
title_full The Seventh Most Important Thing, The seventh most important thing / Shelley Pearsall, The seventh most important thing [sound recording] / Shelley Pearsall
title_short The seventh most important thing
topic_facet African Americans, Artists, Children's audiobooks, Community service (Punishment), Folk art, Hampton, James, Historical Fiction, Juvenile Fiction