The way Auggie Jones figures it, "there are two kinds of people in the world - people who shine like the chrome of Old Glory" (her Grandpa Gus's pick up), "and people who are more like the rusted metal in McGunn's" (junkyard). Her entire life she has been surrounded by people who shine, who have a special something. Starting tomorrow, at Dickerson Elementary in fifth grade, she believes she's going to find hers. She and her grandpa live on the corner of Sunshine and Lucky in Serendipity Place where pretty much every house is perfect. Unfortunately, the house beautification committee does not agree. In fact, they send notices and start charging fines, declare Serendipity Place blighted, and plan to demolish all the homes and the community church to build a community center. Auggie's neighbors have worked together to fix their homes and Auggie and Elis have created a wonderland of company in their front yard. Victoria, a junior member of the committee, fellow classmate at Dickerson, and friend stealer, calls Auggie's house the junk-tion of Sunshine and Lucky. This is an inspiring portrayal of one spunky heroine and a community united in a common goal to save their homes and their neighborhood. Creative, imaginative, descriptive language graces every well rendered page.
"It just seems like everything is losable."
"Sometimes when you love something, the letting go can't happen with single sweep of a broom."
"What I really wish is that friendship didn't have to be so slippery, so hard to keep hold of."
Mark Twain Award Preliminary Nominee 2016-17