Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco

I love Patricia Polacco’s books. The illustrations are always beautiful and the stories inspiring and touching.  This book is no exception.

The Junkyard Wonders is a wonderful and inspiring book based on a real-life event in author Patricia Polacco’s childhood.

Young Trisha moved from her old town so she could attend a new school and not be in the special class anymore. She is disappointed to find out that her new class is a special class, known as “The Junkyard.”  Things begin to look up when Trisha meets her teacher, the wonderful Mrs. Peterson and her classmates who are a in fact, a brilliant group of students with their own unique talents.  Trisha learns the true meaning of genius.  Some might consider Trisha’s class to be a group of misfits, but truly they are a group of wonders.  This is a wonderful tribute to teachers.  It’s an inspiring read that just might put readers onto their own path to finding their inner genius.

Recommended for 3rd grade and up.

Mrs. Archer’s Rating: 5 of 5!


  1. I would hate to have to choose between Polacco and Cynthia Rylant for a favorite author! Oh ... but then there's also Tomie dePaola and Lois Lowry, and all the Pinkneys! Forget trying to choose. But I agree with your assessment of Polacco's books. I miss having all those books at my fingertips!!

  2. Those are all of some of my favorites, too. I guess I really can't commit to one favorite. However, Beverly Cleary comes as close to be my absolute favorite as anyone.