Junkyard Wonders

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.

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