The Seventh Most Important Thing

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Shelley Pearsall

Narrated By: Nick Podehl

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: September 2015

Duration: 5 hours 37 minutes

Summary:

This “luminescent” (Kirkus Reviews) story of anger and art, loss and redemption will appeal to fans of Lisa Graff’s Lost in the Sun and Vince Vawter’s Paperboy.
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 forever. 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 folk artist James Hampton, Shelley Pearsall has crafted an affecting and redemptive novel about discovering what shines within us all, even when life seems full of darkness.
“A moving exploration of how there is often so much more than meets the eye.” —Booklist, starred review
“There are so many things to love about this book. Remarkable.” —The Christian Science Monitor

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  • Kailee D.

    Great use of free time

  • Anonymous

    Really great story. Well written and well narrated. Loved to discover that the author took an actual art piece and wove a story around it. Fascinating. Great for kids and adults.

  • Anonymous

    Great story and a great narrator. This story helped us get through a 5 hour drive. kept both the adults and kids interested. the narrator does a really good job with doing different voices for each character. each character came to life.

Seventh Most Important Thing

by Shelley Pearsall

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Seventh Most Important Thing, Shelley Pearsall