Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
THE SEVENTH MOST IMPORTANT THING (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers | On sale September 8, 2015 | Ages 10 and up | $16.99), by award-winning author Shelley Pearsall, is an unforgettable read about the impact that unexpected friendships can have on a person’s life. In this coming-of-age story, 13-year-old Arthur is depressed by his father’s recent death and lashes out at an elderly trash picker: James. Inspired by a real work of folk art, The Throne of the Third Heaven by James Hampton, THE SEVENTH MOST IMPORTANT THING deftly deals with themes of loss and anger, the importance of art, and shows that meaningful artwork, and connections, can come from unlikely places.
With a strong basis in history, Sofia Quintero’s THE SEVENTH MOST IMPORTANT THING captures the resilience and beauty that can be found in difficult situations with poignant, timeless prose.
Praise For The Seventh Most Important Thing
⋆ “Written in a homespun style that reflects the simple components of the artwork, the story guides readers along with Arthur to an understanding of the most important things in life. Luminescent, just like the artwork it celebrates.”
—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
⋆ “Pearsall has struck just the right tone by imbuing her well-rounded, interesting characters with
authentic voices and pacing the action perfectly.”
—School Library Journal, Starred Review
What are you waiting on this Wednesday?