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The Seventh Most Important Thing

por Shelley Pearsall

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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"--
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3.5 2018 Caudill. I love an anti-hero and Arthur Owens qualifies. He is in 7th grade when his father dies suddenly in a motorcycle accident brought on by drinking and driving. Suddenly his world goes from stable to shaky as he and his younger sister adjust to the death, their mother changing jobs, and the questionable reputation his father left behind. When Arthur's mother gets rid of all his father's things and Arthur sees the local Junk Man wearing his father's motorcycle cap, impulse takes over and Arthur heaves a brick in the old man's direction, hitting him and knocking him down. Arthur spends 3 weeks in juvie, appears in court and is sentenced to probation working with/for the Junk Man, James Hampton. What develops next is an unpredictable friendship and string of events that rehab Arthur better than any "jail time" can. Arthur must take over the responsibility of finding the 7 most important things: all trash items that Hampton is using to build "heaven." After his time in WWII, he was determined to make something beautiful out of all the broken bits of life. His throne of heaven is wood, cardboard, light bulbs, glass, cans, all covered in shiny foil. I picture something out of City Museum. However, this part of the book is true and the book includes a picture of the Throne of the Third Heaven created by James Hampton and housed in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which was the idea for this book. With "St. James'" mentoring and a cast of other completely fictional characters: Groovy Jim the tattoo artist, Officer Billie his carmel-corn making parole officer, Squeak, his new and unlikely best friend, and Roger his mother's new boyfriend, Arthur comes to terms with his father's death, his bad choices in life, and the possibility that he is still worthy of heaven. Sweet and spare story about the little things that make a difference. 2 quotes from the true story are imparted to Arthur: "Where there is no vision, the people perish" and "Fear Not." Great lessons for anyone. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
Though this was a quick read, it lacked characters with huge amounts of depth. The beginning is a duzey way to open a book, but I felt it was a lackluster story. Sorry ( )
  MrNattania72 | Mar 17, 2020 |
This is a good story. I thought some aspects of the story were left hanging, but its still very satisfying. ( )
  grandpahobo | Sep 26, 2019 |
I'm confused--is this really a book about an African American artist seen through the eyes of a white boy who throws a brick at him only to be THANKED for "saving" him? a white boy who claims not to have noticed the man's skin color at all?

I read a few chapters and skimmed a few more, but I was not convinced this book was going to do anything but center and inflate the importance of a fictional white boy in a real artist's life.
  akbooks | Sep 12, 2019 |
“One kid. One crime. One chance to make things right.”

It’s weird, while reading this, I really noticed discarded tinfoil lying about, and felt a strong urge to pick it all up! Ahh, the power of books!

This is a decent YA read. A tale of consequences, redemption, and dealing with loss. And just finding your way in the world in general. I had no idea until the author's note at the end that it was based on a real artist! I would be very curious to see James Hampton's "The Throne" some day. Very curious. Maybe I'll bring along some tinfoil... ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Aug 27, 2019 |
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