The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky

The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky

by Holly Schindler


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“Beasts of the Southern Wild” meets Because of Winn Dixie in this inspiring story of hope.

August “Auggie” Jones lives with her Grandpa Gus, a trash hauler, in a poor part of town. So when her wealthy classmate’s father starts the House Beautification Committee, it’s homes like Auggie’s that are deemed “in violation.” Auggie is determined to prove that she is not as run-down as the outside of her house might suggest. Using the kind of items Gus usually hauls to the scrap heap, a broken toaster becomes a flower; church windows turn into a rainbow walkway; and an old car gets new life as spinning whirligigs. What starts out as a home renovation project becomes much more as Auggie and her grandpa discover a talent they never knew they had—and redefine a whole town’s perception of beauty, one recycled sculpture at a time. Auggie’s talent for creating found art will remind readers that one girl’s trash really is another girl’s treasure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803737259
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 02/06/2014
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 593,177
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Holly Schindler taught music lessons after she graduated from college, and decided to become a writer to connect with the kids and teens whose music once filled her home. She lives in Springfield, Missouri.

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"Axioms like “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” come gracefully to life in Schindler’s tale about the value of hard work and the power of community." - Publishers Weekly

"The story shines...with vibrant themes of community, self-empowerment and artistic vision." - Kirkus Reviews

"Auggie’s rich engagement with her community and willingness to stand up for her beliefs are inspiring, while her struggle to stay true to herself, even when her best friend gets absorbed in the cool crowd at their new school, will resonate with many readers." - School Library Journal

"In Auggie, Schindler creates a spunky, sympathetic character young readers will engage with and enjoy." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"The book is well-written and would make a good classroom read-aloud for upper grade levels...will appeal to both girls and boys." - Library Media Connection

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The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Where us her mother?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very creative story. I have read it 3 times and I still love it! I think it is worth the money :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Book that Shines... I knew I was going to love this one, just based off the blurb, and it didn't disappoint. I loved how Auggie faced so many of the upheavals that go with her stage of life, and some that don't. She was a brave and determined girl in circumstances that might have crushed others. I adored her grandfather and how he embraced her dreams and helped to make them reality. My favorite side character had to be Weird Harold and his funky baseball caps. He was always making a statement. I also adored the emphasis on hard work, the struggle of growing in and out of friendships, and how coming to grips with reality empowers us to go forward. This is definitely a book I would recommend to young readers and adults who love reading MG books. 
book4children More than 1 year ago
As impossible as it is to know the future, I have a strong feeling that this book will make my Top 10 Middle Grade Reads for 2014. It's well written, with three dimensional characters that I can't help but love. Auggie and Gus wiggled their way into my heart and refused to leave. Auggie is the kind of girl I would love to know. She is brave, smart, and sweet. She refuses to be bullied and she never gives up hope. I especially love her sense of humor. "She chews on chalky stomach pills, so that when she announces, "Please stand for the first Pledge of the year," she looks like she's licked an entire blackboard clean." Holly Schindler has a beautiful way of writing. Her style is alive with personality and humor. She has a unique way of looking at the world and making it seem better than it is—and she bestows those views on her characters "See, nothing in this world likes to idea of coming to its end. Not a flower, not a man, and not a season. That's all this is. Summer not wanting to die. And fall trying to push summer on out." The moment that spark of artistic brilliance hits Auggie is perfectly described. I almost teared up (yes, I'm a weirdo, please don't judge me) when I read it because the author articulated that moment so well. "I sit down on our front step and start to draw the wild pictures that are exploding in my mind like popcorn kernels." I really can't think of a better way to describe what happens when you get a million ideas all at once and you can't get them on paper fast enough. This is a must read for middle grade kids. It's full of hope and friendship, and might even change the way you see the world. Content: clean The Cover: Don't you just love the cover? Because I am a weirdo (see above) and because I really love the cover design, I looked up the designer. Her name is Lindsey Andrews and if you want some eye candy, visit her website. Her book designs are breathtaking!
ShannonODonnell More than 1 year ago
I've been caught in the fantasy genre for such a long time, I think I forgot what it was like to read a story with such real and familiar elements. The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky is a wonderful story--the middle grade voice of Holly Schindler, equally as powerful and beautifully written as her YA novels. I loved it so much that when I finished, I gave it to my daughter to read. She loved it too, which is a big deal since she primarily reads animal and dragon stories right now and needed to be convinced to give this book a chance. Once I told her about Auggie and her grandpa, though, she was all in. Truthfully, I can't remember the last time she read a book that had people as the main characters! I loved Auggie. She is spunky and brilliant and creative and full of all things delightful. The relationships between Auggie and her grandpa and the neighbors and the "Beautification Committee" are powerful and full of subtle lessons about what's truly important in life and what "true beauty" is all about. I highly recommend this book for fans of all genres and readers of all ages, because Auggie should be met and loved by everyone!
jbrooxd More than 1 year ago
Great story about family, friendship, and finding out what makes you shine.