The Seventh Most Important Thing

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Arthur Owens loses his father the same year Kennedy is killed. Life isn’t easy. His mother works two lousy jobs to keep things going. Arthur, 13, is angry when his mother gets rid of the last of his dad’s things, but when he sees an old junk picker wearing his father’s hat, without even knowing what he is doing, Arthur picks up a brick and throws it at the old man. Facing a long time in juvenile hall, he tells the judge what set him off. The old man he had hit stands up in court and asks to speak to the judge. The next thing he knows, Arthur is working for the junk picker with very strange assignments to find particular junk each week. Still, it’s better than going back to juvenile hall. Then something extraordinary happens, and Arthur’s life is changed.

This amazing coming-of-age story will enthrall middle-grade readers and anyone else lucky enough to come across it. Shelley Pearsall’s writing is lovely and her story compelling. All the characters are fully formed and relatable. And what a delight to discover there is a strong connection to a real person with a most interesting history.


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Author Shelley Pearsall
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 288 pages
Publisher Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publish Date 2015-Sep-08
ISBN 9780553497281
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Issue December 2015
Category Tweens
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