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The Junkyard Wondersby Patricia Polacco
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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.
"As in Thank You, Mr. Falker, Polacco examines her childhood, her confused awareness of herself and her schoolmates as different--'retards,' according to their common nemesis--and her teacher, an imposing and passionate woman who changes their lives. Mrs. Parkinson makes her mark immediately in a class of children who involuntarily shout (Gibbie, who has Tourette's), do not speak (Ravanne, a foster child), or don't seem able to learn fast enough (Polacco herself). Stung when the 'normal' kids call their class 'the junkyard,' the students accompany Mrs. Parkinson to a real junkyard, where she urges them to find treasures and build something new: 'Forget what the object was... imagine what it could be!' Like her earlier autobiographical stories, this tale of Polacco's group and of the model plane they restore ('This baby is goin' all the way to the moon!') thrills, saddens, touches, and inspires, all at once. The death of their kindest classmate and loyal guardian, Jody, whose too-rapid growth defeats his heart, is the most difficult moment in this complex and deeply felt book. Not to be missed. Ages 6 — 9. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Based on a real-life event in Polacco's childhood, this ode to teachers--a perfect companion to "Thank You, Mr. Falker"--is sure to inspire all readers to find their inner genius. Full color.
About the Author
Patricia Polacco lives in Union City, Michigan.
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