We are so excited to feature Holly Schindler's The Junction of Sunshine & Lucky. Just the title and the cover puts a smile on my face. In case it's your first coming across this book, here's the description.
Beasts of the Southern Wild meets Because of Winn Dixie in this inspiring story of hope.
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.” But Auggie is determined to prove that there’s more to her—and to her house—than meets the eye.
What starts out as a home renovation project quickly 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.
Holly Schindler’s feel-good story about the power one voice can have will inspire readers to speak from their hearts.
Hi Auggie and Gus! Thank you for chatting with us today. Auggie and Gus, what book (or books) are you currently reading or recently read? What did you think of it?
Gus: I do a lot of reading of the paper. Every morning. Good to find out what’s going on in town—and Classifieds are a great place to find out who’s trying to unload stuff Auggie and I could use in our sculptures. Poor folks have poor ways, after all, and sometimes, the best way for us to start a new sculpture is with an ad for junk that needs to be hauled away.
Auggie: My favorite new characters are the sculptures in our yard! Every single figure we make is better than the last. I can’t wait to see what we’re making in another few weeks, a year from now, even!
Auggie, what’s the best thing about living in Serendipity Place with your Grampa Gus?
Auggie: I love so many things about Serendipity Place! Our neighbors have such great houses. The Widow Hollis has irises that are a blue as deep as the bottom of the ocean. Mrs. Shoemacker’s place has grass as soft and plush as the carpet in a movie star’s house. And Ms. Dillbeck’s front porch sags in the middle and curls up at the ends. I think it looks like it’s smiling.
Gus, you haul trash for a living. You must have come across some very interesting things that people throw away. Can you tell us about some of those? Also, what type of appliance or furniture do people throw away most frequently?
Gus: What gets me are the things folks toss from a time gone by—makes a new memory pop to mind each time. When I pick up an old Brownie camera, I think about smiling for a picture in my best suit before going to Christmas Eve service at the Hopewell Community Church—same church Auggie and I go to now. When I pick up an old console TV, I think about the old TV that used to be in my own living room, the one my wife and Auggie’s mom and I used to watch when Auggie’s mom was just a girl. Nice to take those old memories and make them into something new, with Auggie.
Auggie and Gus, what is your advice for an elementary school class that wants to do a similar project like you did in The Junction of Sunshine & Lucky?
Gus: You need an imagination like Auggie’s.
Auggie: You need a partner like Gus—someone who tells you, “Whatever you see, will be.”
Holly has a middle grade site called Holly Schindler's Middles. Check it out at hollyschindlermiddles.weebly.com. You can also chat with her on Twitter, Facebook and her website.
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But before you scadaddle, watch the The Junction of Sunshine & Lucky trailer.