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...
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9780553497304
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Jul 25, 2018

The novel the 7th Most Important Thing will take you back in time all the way to 1963, where you’ll learn about a troubled teen, Arthur, who gets arrested for throwing a brick at a man's head. With actions like that, Arthur needs to make up for what he did with community service hours, which for him was picking up specific odd items for the old man that he requested. Day by day Arthur would collect a frenzy of odd items from egg shells to broken light bulbs. However, the end result and product of all of these items together, Arthur had never imagined. Written by Shelley Pearsall, this interesting novel is nothing like anything else on the shelf. I would rate this book a 4.5/5 stars because of the interesting concept. What Arthur thought was garbage he was collecting, actually turned out to be something of much more value. Many eye opening lessons were learned from this book, which is why I would recommend this to anyone who gets a kick out of reading mystery, or historical fiction. @BetweenTheLines of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 28, 2016

Interesting fictionalized account of an actual piece of artwork.

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.

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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Sep 08, 2018

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