Caudill Book of the Week!
Have you read any of the 2018 Caudill Books?
20 books are nominated every year for the Caudill Award, and they are displayed in the Youth Services Department.
Take a look at our staff review for this week’s featured book!
The Seventh Most Important Thing
By: Shelley Pearsall
Lexile Level: 760L
Thirteen-year-old Arthur Owens is devastated by the death of his father, and angry that his mother has disposed of his father’s things. When he sees the neighborhood’s “junk man” wearing his father’s old hat, he hurls a brick at the man, breaking his arm. Arrest and a court date follow, and Arthur’s sentence consists of helping the junk man, James Hampton, by taking over his rounds, rooting through the neighborhood’s trash cans for what James calls “the seven most important things” – glass bottles, foil, cardboard, pieces of wood, light bulbs, coffee cans, and mirrors. As the weeks pass, Arthur learns why those things are so important, and in doing so, learns about friendship, art and redemption.
The story is set in 1963, and the figure of James Hampton is based on the folk artist of the same name. Arthur is a relatable middle-school boy with an ordinary life who must cope with a host of changes. The arc of their story shows, in a graceful and believable way, how people can overcome painful losses to find connection, growth, and love. I highly recommend this moving and inspiring book.
Stars 5 out of 5
Reviewed By: Mary Donovan
Click here for a list of all 20 Caudill Nominees!
Created by Jen Trotta on
May 3rd, 2017 @ 9:29 AM.
Updated on Jun 12th, 2017 @ 10:27 AM.