Junkyard Wonders

Patricia Polacco


Title: Junkyard Wonders


Bibliography: Polacco, P. (2010). Junkyard Wonders. New York: Philomel Books.


Annotation: Trisha is excited to start the school year at a new school with new classmates, classmates that did not know she used to struggle in school; she wanted a fresh start! Unfortunately, Trisha is placed in a special class, yet again. She is devastated. Her new teacher, Mrs. Peterson, inspires what the rest of the school refers to as ‘junkyard kids’ into confident students who embrace their odd brilliances.


Genre: Realistic Fiction


Grade Level: 2-4


Readers who will like this book: Anyone who has been labeled a misfit, and let’s face it, who hasn’t, will enjoy Trisha’s story of self-discovery. It focuses on ideals that are easily relatable to elementary students


Personal Response and rating: 4; the message behind this story is very strong as well as relatable, making it impossible not to like. The illustrations evoke the emotions that Trisha feels as she transforms from a junkyard kid to a junkyard wonder.


Question: Have you ever been ‘the new kid at school’? Have you ever been misjudged? If so, what did you do about it?