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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2015 Shelley Pearsall (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Great book from begining to end.

There are so many hidden treasures found within the text. The narrator is great with seperating yhe characters through voice. This is a great book for 5-9th graders.

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Such a touching story

This is such a heart warming and touching story. I loved this book so much!

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What a Dramatic and Awesome story

It was more than that it was moving so thrilling and amazing and super lovely

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Inspirational, Heart-Warming Story

Would you listen to The Seventh Most Important Thing again? Why?

Yes. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would like to review it again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Arthur. He is a troubled kid just trying to sort out his feelings.

Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

I can see Officer Billie's hand in the air every time she says, "Stop!".

If you could take any character from The Seventh Most Important Thing out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would want to hear The Junkman's stories about the war, and about his masterpiece.

Any additional comments?

The narrator really brings the characters' personalities to life!

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  • J.
  • 04-24-17

Great!

This is a good book, I really enjoyed it. I would love to visit the museum to see the art work.

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  • S. Campbell
  • 10-29-18

Amazing

It’s a really interesting story that tells a tale close to real life but just slightly different and too odd to be real
Love this story and recommend it to everyone