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When young Trisha finds out her class at the new school is known as "The Junkyard," she is devastated. She moved from her old town so she wouldn't be in a special class anymore! But then she meets her teacher, the quirky and invincible Mrs. Peterson, and her classmates, an oddly brilliant group of students each with his or her own unique talent. And it is here in The Junkyard that Trisha learns the true meaning of genius, and that this group of misfits are, in fact, wonders, all of them.

Based on a real-life event in Patricia Polacco's childhood, this ode to teachers will inspire all readers to find their inner genius.

Hardcover, 48 pages
Published on July 8, 2010 by Philomel Books
ISBN-10: 0399250786
ISBN-13: 9780399250781
6 Book Reviews
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  • mnance
    Mrs. NanceTuesday, November 11, 2014 at 8:15 pm44 stars
    I shared this beautiful story to my students to help with understanding theme in literature. This was a very heart warming story.
    • riku
      rikuTuesday, April 23, 2013 at 3:10 pm55 stars
      This book is so touching
      • Kitty LoverMonday, December 10, 2012 at 2:11 pm
        I thought it was tne GREATEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!
        • catdogMonday, December 10, 2012 at 2:10 pm
          I think that it was a very heart touching book
          • NameMonday, December 10, 2012 at 2:10 pm
            SOOO SAD
            • alaya
              alayaThursday, August 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm
              Patrica polaco wrote all about herself in this story they build a plane.

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