The Seventh Most Important Thing

The Seventh Most Important Thing

Book - 2015
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"In 1963, thirteen-year-old Arthur is sentenced to community service helping the neighborhood Junk Man after he throws a brick at the old man's head in a moment of rage, but the junk he collects might be more important than he suspects. Inspired by the work of American folk artist James Hampton"--
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780553497281
Branch Call Number: J PEARSAL
Characteristics: 278 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Apr 11, 2021

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall (2015) is a good book for those 10 and up. It is a totally fictional story about a real piece of art that was created by the real Mr. Hampton.
This novel it is about loss, grief, anger, mistakes, family, opportunity, redemption, appreciation of others and their dreams, friendship, commitment, and so much more.
Arthur, 13 year old boy, injures Mr. Hampton the junk man when he throws a brick at him. A judge is ready to send Arthur to a jail for juveniles when The junk man suggests an alternative sentence. The judge agrees and Arthur avoids juvie. Moreover, Arthur begins a journey of self reflection and growth.
Shelley Pearsall has written a wonderful book. I recommend it,

Jul 25, 2018

The novel the 7th Most Important Thing will take you back in time all the way to 1963, where you’ll learn about a troubled teen, Arthur, who gets arrested for throwing a brick at a man's head. With actions like that, Arthur needs to make up for what he did with community service hours, which for him was picking up specific odd items for the old man that he requested. Day by day Arthur would collect a frenzy of odd items from egg shells to broken light bulbs. However, the end result and product of all of these items together, Arthur had never imagined. Written by Shelley Pearsall, this interesting novel is nothing like anything else on the shelf. I would rate this book a 4.5/5 stars because of the interesting concept. What Arthur thought was garbage he was collecting, actually turned out to be something of much more value. Many eye opening lessons were learned from this book, which is why I would recommend this to anyone who gets a kick out of reading mystery, or historical fiction. @BetweenTheLines of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 28, 2016

Interesting fictionalized account of an actual piece of artwork.

Jan 25, 2016

Excellently written from a young teen boy's perspective. I was especially delighted to find that the story is spun around the real existence of James Hampton and his actual creation that has been saved and displayed by the Smithsonian. I am thinking of buying this for my grandson.

outstanding novel. upper el/tween. about justice and struggling through grief, about acceptance and outsider art. Not at all whatever you are expecting.

Jan 11, 2016

I thought it was a very easy read with a lack of advanced vocabulary. Being said, the plot was very captivating and it was a good book.


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Sep 08, 2018

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