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Book Title: The Seventh Most Important Thing|
Date of issue: September 8th 2015
ISBN 13: 9780553497304
The author of the book: Shelley Pearsall
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 999 KB
Edition: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Read full description of the books The Seventh Most Important Thing: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.
Read information about the authorI grew up in a blue-collar suburb of Cleveland called Parma where I used to write stories in a bedroom closet (aka my writer’s office). I tried to get my first novel – a 40 page handwritten story called “I am the Only One Left” - published when I was thirteen. As you can probably guess, it was rejected!
It took about twenty years before I finally had my first published book, Trouble Don’t Last (Knopf, 2002). Since then, I’ve written four more novels.
Besides writing books for intermediate and teen readers, I’ve written a lot of other things over the years – plays, ghost stories, non-fiction articles, tour brochures, and opinion columns. In college, I even had the chance to write a piece for the New York Times.
Since I often write about history, people always want to know about my own history. I’m the great-great granddaughter of a Civil War veteran from Ohio. There have also been Iowa pioneers in my past – as well as cooks, glassblowers, farmers, and shoemakers.
Today, I live in a small village in northeastern Ohio called Silver Lake with my husband Mike, stepson Ethan, and cat Marbles. I spend a lot of time writing books, visiting schools as a guest author, and leading writing workshops for kids. If you want to know more, check out my website: www.shelleypearsall.com.
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