The Seventh Most Important Thing
Setting: Washington D.C. 1963
Also available in audio
THE SEVENTH MOST IMPORTANT THING
One kid. One crime. One chance to make things right.
The story of how a random act of violence brings together an angry, thirteen year old boy and a reclusive “Junk Man” in his neighborhood. When the teenager is sentenced to work for the trash picker he injured, he begins to unravel the Junk Man’s surprising secrets. Readers will be uplifted by this powerful tale of friendship, loss, art, and redemption. Can art transform lives? Find out.
2016 ALSC/ALA Notable Children’s Book
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2015
Booklist Top 10 Historical Fiction 2016
2016 Ohioana Book Award Winner
2017-18 Choose to Read Ohio book
New York Public Library Top 100
Junior Library Guild selection
Capitol Choice (D.C.) Noteworthy Book
State Book Award nominee in Vermont, Missouri (MASL), Indiana, Maine, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Virginia, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Rhode Island, Kansas and Nebraska.
“Luminescent…” Kirkus Reviews, starred
“A moving exploration of how there is often so much more than meets the eye.” Booklist, starred
“Shelley Pearsall tells a sumptuously layered tale of transformation.” School Library Journal feature, starred
Five Quick Classroom Ideas
1. Build a unique sculpture from discarded items and choose a special word or phrase for the top.
2. Design a classroom “bottle tree” with twigs, plastic bottles, and other items.
3. Paint your own “cardboard quotes” and display.
4. Give each student seven paper towel rings to display seven objects, pictures, or drawings that symbolize “important things” in their lives.
5. Create Vision Boards. Google it! Idea from Morton Grove Public Library.