Schindler, Holly, Junction of Sunshine and Lucky. Pgs. 240. Dial Books, 2014. $16.99. Language: G, Mature Content: G, Violence: G
Auggie Jones likes going to the junkyard with her grandpa. She can see the beauty in the stuff her grandpa picks to make new again. When her old elementary is torn down, Auggie finds herself starting at a school in a wealthier neighborhood. The new change promises to be exciting, but her grandpa’s hobby soon alienates her. A wealthy classmate’s father starts a House Beautification and claims her grandpa’s hobby is in violation of the committee’s code. Her classmates, including her best friend, all take his side. Can Auggie make her courage shine and show that what her family does is beautiful?
Although some of the secondary characters are under developed, the main character is likable, realistic, and inspirational. The plot slows down in places, but is well-done. A great read aloud or read alone for upper elementary students. Recommended for most library collections. EL. ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library.