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The Seventh Most Important Thing by [Shelley Pearsall]
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“Written in a homespun style that reflects the simple components of the artwork, the story guides readers along with Arthur to an understanding of the most important things in life. Luminescent, just like the artwork it celebrates.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Pearsall has struck just the right tone by imbuing her well-rounded, interesting characters with authentic voices and pacing the action perfectly. Excellent.” —School Library Journal, starred review

"A moving exploration of how there is often so much more than meets the eye." —Booklist,starred review

"There are so many things to love about this book. Remarkable." —Christian Science Monitor

"...interweaves the power and purpose of art with an exploration of a boy’s grief and redemption." —The Bulletin 

"Pearsall shows us that hope isn’t somewhere “out there”—it’s quite literally in our own two hands." —Jen Bryant, author of A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

A former teacher and museum historian, Shelley Pearsall is now a full-time author. Her first novel, Trouble Don’t Last, won the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. The idea for The Seventh Most Important Thing began many years ago when she first saw outsider artist James Hampton’s amazing work. She was disappointed that so little is known about Hampton and was intrigued that his work was brought to light by anonymous sources. It was the perfect foundation for this remarkable, inspiring novel. To learn more about the author and her work, visit and follow her at @ShelleyPearsall. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00PEPR6J4
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Knopf Books for Young Readers (8 September 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5644 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 283 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0553497316
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 440 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good but sad - according to 10 year old daughter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read for my 10 year old.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating for 11 year old boy
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Shelley Pearsall grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where she began writing stories in her bedroom closet as a child. She sent her first story to a New York publishing house at the age of thirteen. Although the manuscript was never published, its themes of survival and freedom ultimately became the inspiration for Pearsall’s first published novel, TROUBLE DON’T LAST, written twenty years later.

In 2003, TROUBLE DON’T LAST received the prestigious Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction among other honors. Pearsall’s newest novel THE SEVENTH MOST IMPORTANT THING is a 2016 ALA Notable book, along with ALL OF THE ABOVE (2007).

Before becoming a full-time author, Shelley Pearsall taught in public schools and outdoor education programs. Today, she is a frequent guest author in elementary and middle schools where she does presentations and leads writing workshops to inspire a new generation of young writers. Visit her websites for more details: and