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Junkyard Wonders [Hardcover]

Patricia Polacco

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Book Description

July 13 2010
When young Trisha finds out her class at the new school is known as "The Junkyard," she is devastated. She moved from her old town so she wouldn't be in a special class anymore! But then she meets her teacher, the quirky and invincible Mrs. Peterson, and her classmates, an oddly brilliant group of students each with his or her own unique talent. And it is here in The Junkyard that Trisha learns the true meaning of genius, and that this group of misfits are, in fact, wonders, all of them.

Based on a real-life event in Patricia Polacco's childhood, this ode to teachers will inspire all readers to find their inner genius.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel (July 13 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399250786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399250781
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 22.5 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #99,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonders abound July 23 2010
By Kendall Hinote - Published on Amazon.com
This is a lovely book, in the author's authentic style, that tells us in plain language that it is "not what we are given, but what we do with it" that is the key to life. Her story unfolds at an easy pace with poignancy all along the way. This is a book that many children and adults can relate to.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great book from a Great Author July 30 2010
By Joyce Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I read the book the minute I received it in the mail. Just like Patricia Polacco's other books, it was well written and the story was very good. I have a collection of her books in school. Since I'm a teacher, many of her stories are great for teaching lessons about discrimination and different types of family structures and cultures. I definitely recommend this book.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story with traditional Polacco illustrations! Sept. 16 2010
By L. I. Better - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Patricia Polacco is a favorite of mine and she doesn't disappoint with this powerful retelling of her young years. We cannot escape the influence we will have on others but we can decide if our actions will lift or repell. This book inspires me to be better, to remember the importance of all people and to value our differences. One person really can make a difference in someone's life. I love the epilogue!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book Dec 23 2010
By Beverly L. Archer - Published on Amazon.com
I love Patricia Polacco's books. The illustrations are always beautiful and the stories inspiring and touching. This book is no exception.

The Junkyard Wonders is a wonderful and inspiring book based on a real-life event in author Patricia Polacco's childhood.

Young Trisha moved from her old town so she could attend a new school and not be in the special class anymore. She is disappointed to find out that her new class is a special class, known as "The Junkyard." Things begin to look up when Trisha meets her teacher, the wonderful Mrs. Peterson and her classmates who are a in fact, a brilliant group of students with their own unique talents. Trisha learns the true meaning of genius. Some might consider Trisha's class to be a group of misfits, but truly they are a group of wonders. This is a wonderful tribute to teachers. It's an inspiring read that just might put readers onto their own path to finding their inner genius.

Recommended for 3rd grade and up.

Mrs. Archer's Rating: 5 of 5!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW - best way to describe this book Oct. 1 2010
By kiddielitlover - Published on Amazon.com
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Again, Polacco gives readers a book that inspires and challenges us to celebrate the uniqueness in each individual. In this story, we hear what it was like for Tricia as she joins a special education class. We feel for her as she feels shunned by "regular" kids and gets labeled as junk. And, then we meet her teacher. A true hero that will inspire teachers to see beyond what tests say about students. One who will challenge teachers to build a community within their classrooms so that every student finds the wonder of learning and can grow to achieve beyond all expectations. The story will show students that nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself and work towards a goal. When you get to the end you will either stand up and applaud,or grab tissues and wipe off your tears. Who knows maybe you'll do both!

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