Title: Junkyard Wonders
Bibliographic information: Polacco, P. (2010). Junkyard Wonders. New York: Philomel Books
Brief annotation: Trisha asked to stay with her dad for a year so she didn’t have to be in a special class. However, when she gets to class she finds out that she is in the Junkyard. At first she hates that fact but she learns that everyone is a genius.
Genre: Realistic picture book
Grade level: 3rd – 5th grade
Who will like this book: I think that readers who have trouble in school, with classes or fitting in, will like this book.
Rating: 4 – I really enjoyed this book. I think it sends a great message that even though not everyone is the same on the outside, we are all geniuses in some way.
Question: Have you ever been made fun of for something you do differently than others? How did you feel? What did you do about it?
Learning strategy: For this book I chose the Hot Seat activity. Students will take on the persona of a character, or author, and be interviewed by the other students.