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The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  784 Ratings  ·  170 Reviews
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” meets Because of Winn Dixie in this inspiring story of hope.

August “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.” Auggie is determined to prove that she is not as run-dow
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 6th 2014 by Dial Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY is a delightful tween read that celebrates the uniting of a community through home renovations and folk art - turning trash into treasure - and turning foes into friends. Quite an enjoyable, feel good little story. And let me just say, I love the cover design/artwork. Perfectly fits the tone and mood of the book in conjunction with narrator Auggie (such a spirited can-do young lady) and her wonderful grandfather.

FOUR **** Trash Into Treasure, Beauty for Ashes,
Oct 12, 2016 marked it as xx-dnf-skim-reference
Love the premise and theme. Love the cover art, especially the back and inside. Hope lots of kids and classroom teachers love it. But, I've read so many MG books over the decades that it takes a standout to capture me, and this just felt too familiar and therefore easy to put down.
Dylan Teut
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much. I scowled at Victoria and wondered how her teacher could get her get away with the way she was acting. Auggie and Gus pulled at my heart and I cheered for them all throughout the book. Do yourself a favor and read this book as soon as you possibly can.
Caitlin Tyo
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
We all rooted for Auggie and hated on Victoria. And gave side eye to Lexie. The mystery of Auggies mom was really well done. The figurative language was incredible and I alone appreciated it. Great YA read.
Scott Fillner
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes books come along at just the right time, and sometimes books no matter when they come along leave a lasting impact on your soul. This book was all of that for me. What a wonderful book. This is for sure to be a read aloud in our room.
Who hasn't wanted to spruce their house up a bit? I know I have! But August Walter Jones takes this to a new level, in order to save her little neighborhood from being bulldozed in this middle-grade work of fiction.

This is is bothering me so much: I just can't help tinning that this book deserves 5 stars!! But for now, it's getting 4.

But it really was an excellent story. The protagonist was interesting and realistic, and the entire vibe of the main setting made me want to go love there!

August Wa
Shannon O'Donnell
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've been caught in the fantasy genre for such a long time, I think I forgot what it was like to read a story with such real and familiar elements. The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky is a wonderful story--the middle grade voice of Holly Schindler, equally as powerful and beautifully written as her YA novels. I loved it so much that when I finished, I gave it to my daughter to read. She loved it too, which is a big deal since she primarily reads animal and dragon stories right now and needed to b ...more
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Willow and I really enjoyed this.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a sweet, little story. I absolutely adored, spunky little Auggie. She commands control of an entire community and stands up to classism and elitism in such a brace and fantastic way.

This cute tale centers around a neighborhood that is economically poor, but rich in soul. They're being bullied by wealthy councilmen to update their properties or incur fines that they cannot pay. Auggie gets the brilliant idea to create art out of the found items from her Grandpa Gus' junk collection.

Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There’s nothing I love more than an excellently written middle-grade novel that both amuses and moves me, and Holly Schindler’s The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky is definitely one of those books!

Fifth-grader, Auggie Jones, lives with her beloved Granda Gus, a trash hauler, in the poorer side of their small town. Auggie loves her neighborhood, but when the newly founded House Beautification Committee is formed and Auggie’s house is deemed an ugly eyesore, she starts to think maybe she and Gus ar
Ms. Yingling
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
August Walter (or Augie) is being raised by HER grandfather, since her mother abandoned her as an infant. Her grandfather is a trash hauler, making money by selling people's castoffs to the junk year, a career which Augie thinks is pretty cool until her school is closed and she and her friends are transferred to a spiffy, newer school. Snotty Victoria gives Augie a hard time AND steals her best friend. Not only that, but Victoria's father is on the town council, which is determined to condemn Au ...more
Michele Knott
This book took me by surprise. I did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. It is a book about hope, about what you believe it, about what is right and wrong, and about friendship and forgiveness. I found myself cheering for Auggie and for being upset for her situation. I wanted to jump into the pages and give the adults a piece of my mind! I wanted to use my teacher voice and talk to those girls who were being mean. I think a book that makes you think, react and want to do something should go ...more
Wow, this book covered so many topics in so little time, AND was on about a 4th grade reading level! I was blown away by this book, my 3rd and 4th grade kid book club were blown away by it, and I'd recommend it to anyone. The themes were presented in such a way as to spark discussions of beauty, self-image, socioeconomic class, art, city planning politics, and all of these were initiated and sustained by the 9 and 10 year olds at my table. I had to ask a few questions to focus what they were try ...more
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awesome-books
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Michelle Willms
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s, fiction
This book impressed me on many levels. The writing was beautiful. The characters came alive. I fell into the story and emerged dazed. This is a book that should be read in every classroom. There are so many lessons taught within these pages, but the teaching is done with such delicacy and beauty, the learning occurs without the recipients of the lessons realizing it until later. This is such a great way to teach about the differences in the definition of "beauty," as well as showing the treatmen ...more
Carley Jean
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I cannot begin to describe how much I loved this book! It is the story of a young girl who unites an entire community, allowing the characters to develop beautifully before the reader's eyes along the way. The main character, Auggie, and her gang of misfits pull on the reader's heartstrings throughout until the very end. She is a character that you silently cheer for in your head as you read and you can't help but crack a smile each time you finish a chapter. Auggie makes the reader ask the ques ...more
Kayla Edwards
This is the delightful tale of a young girl with a gift far beyond her years - the ability to see the beauty in everything. She sees it in her house, in discarded items, and even in the people around her. Her determination in the midst of so much hardship is nothing short of miraculous and I very much admire her tenacity. This is a wonderful example of a good children's novel. It's easy to relate to and inspiring for young readers. A fun read I'll be recommending to my kids!
Leigh Anne
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a debut middle-grade novel for this author and it is wonderful! Auggie wandered into my heart and stayed there. She is one of those spunky, under-dog characters where you sit back and say "You go girl!."

So many themes and lessons can be taken from this story, as well a ton of examples of descriptive language. Great story!
Maria Caplin
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Absolutely going to use as a read aloud - possibly first one of the year. Great writing. I feel like I know Gus and Auggie and every student has a Victoria in their life. Creativity is my favorite part.
Michele Hurwitz
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love the cover. Auggie is a determined, spunky character with heart, the kind of kid you want for a friend. A novel that urges us all to remember that beauty comes in many forms. Fave side character: loyal Irma Jean.
Catherine Hyde
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book for not only its intended age group but for adults who enjoy good middle grade fiction. The writing is top-notch, and Augie's voice alone is worth the price of admission. If all books fell into such categories on merit alone, this would be a children's classic.
Apr 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Read this outloud to my two older girls. It took a long time for them to get into the plot, and the author uses WAY too many metaphors. (Seriously, like every other sentence!) But the message is nice and very applicable to the late elementary, early middle school age group.
Ashley McNally
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Lovely book about being optimistic with what you have in life. I absolutely loved this story!
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
A little gem of a book that I can't wait to pass on to my students.
Kristi Bell
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: middle schoolers
Very cute, good read for middle schoolers!

Language: None
Violence: None
Sex: None
This book really resonated with me in a way I will never forget.

Auggie Jones lives with her grandfather who she calls Gus in Willow Grove, Missouri. They don't live in a very wealthy part of town, but rather in an area of a dilapidated stretch called Serendipity place. Auggie's house is the one on the corner, the junction, of the two roads, sunshine and lucky. Gus is a trash-hauler and that occupation has been supporting Auggie and Gus for years, ever since Auggie's Mom picked up and left off o
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A children’s chapter book that caught my eye at the Scholastic book warehouse sale in December. I was intrigued by the creative story centered around a poor rundown housing community being fined & threatened with demolition to pave the way for new. This feel good story targets the questions of “how do you define beautiful?” and “what is art?” The cliche “one person’s trash, another’s treasure” is the theme told in a meaningful and touching story. It sparks nostalgia for neighborly communicat ...more
Susan Brody
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Folk art is deceptively simple. Its distinguishing feature is often a kind of naivete that other forms of art strive to avoid, but what draws us to it is not technique - it's something more primal. Folk art is an extension, and in many ways a celebration, of the ordinary; and appreciation of folk art is a form of recognition that the ordinary is also the universal. Norman Rockwell was a folk artist. What set him apart was his extremely sophisticated technique, which made his work acceptable to
Dr. A.
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The rules should work for everybody . . . no matter how much money you might have in the bank. Otherwise, the rules aren't right" (pg. 186).
This sweet little book grabbed my attention and held it. Themes such as friendship, community, inequity of power, and bullying are explored in just over 200 pages. It is easy to like Auggie and easy to cheer for her little community.
Some powerful real world applications, written in text appropriate for the audience. An easy read, I read it in less than 12 h
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the story of Auggie and her Grandpa Gus who are the ultimate recyclers. They take things and reinvent them into yard sculpture. However, there are always those who can't see the beauty in art. The city decides their art is just junk and tries to have their and their neighbor's homes demolished. Auggie and Gus have a hard fight ahead of them and if finally takes an artist to help others realize the talent that Auggie and Gus have.

A good story with a good lesson.
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“...sometimes, when you love something, the letting-go can't happen with a single sweep of the broom" -Chuck” 0 likes
“I start to wonder how you know for sure if something really is your shine. When did Irma Jean officially know she was a good seamstress? When did Lexie realize she could come up with all those wild hairdos? Did they ever trip up and have to start a new skirt or braid over again - or does a shine always come easily?" -Auggie” 0 likes
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