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Schindler, Holly.
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2014
IL 3-6, RL 5.2
ISBN 0803737254

(2 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

So what do you do when someone calls your house ugly?  What do you do when they make you feel like you’re not worth much?  You fight back, of course!  You create beauty where there is none.  With many trips to the junkyard and loads of determination, Auggie and her grandfather work hard turning trash into treasures.  But do others see their work as beauty?  Will their house be torn down?  Find out when you read The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky.  (Prepared by: Cheryl Curtis, Chukker Creek Elementary, 
South Carolina Children's Books Award Nominee, 2016)

Booktalk #2

August “Auggie” Jones lives with her Grandpa Gus, in a poor part of town. Auggie loves to see how her Grandpa, who hauls trash, turns junk into beautiful folk art. So when Gus and Auggie turn a broken toaster into a flower, church windows into a rainbow walkway, and an old car into spinning whirligigs and decorate their lawn with them, the entire neighborhood of Serendipity Place gets in on the act. They are surprised when the House Beautification Committee sends notices to everyone in their neighborhood for being in violation of city codes. Auggie and her grandpa discover a talent they never knew they had and readers will want to talk about what creativity and beauty mean to them.
(Oklahoma Sequoyah Award, 2017)

SUBJECTS:     Dwellings -- Fiction.
                        Folk art -- Fiction.
                        Grandfathers -- Fiction.
                        Neighborhoods -- Fiction.

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