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, light bulbs, 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. . . .
BiographyShelley Pearsall grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where she began writing stories in her bedroom closet as a child. She sent her first story to a New York publishing house at the age of thirteen. Although the manuscript was never published, its themes of survival and freedom ultimately became the inspiration for Pearsall’s first published novel, TROUBLE DON’T LAST, written twenty years later. Click here for more information about Shelley Pearsall.
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Great Teacher Resources for The Seventh Most Important Thing
For families and book clubs: Seventh Most Important Thing Guide by Brightly
For book groups: Guided Book Talk by Berner Middle School, NY.
For classroom teachers: Teaching Guide by Robert Kaminski, Woodbury School, OH
For classroom teachers: Teaching Guide Toolkit by the State Library of Ohio
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