Arthur Owens is given 120 hours of community service after he threw a brick at the Junk Man. His community service must be completed by helping the local trash picker. When Arthur reports for his Saturday of helping the Junk Man, he is given a shopping cart and a list of the Seven Most Important Things: glass bottles, foil, cardboard, pieces of wood, light bulbs, coffee cans, and mirrors. Arthur cannot believe that he was sentenced to digging in other people’s trash cans.
While gathering the items, Arthur learns that the Junk Man is more than just his junk. He takes all the items that Arthur collects and is turning it into an amazing piece of art. When Arthur learns of the Junk Man’s poor health, Arthur promises to keep the structure from being destroyed. Arthur and best friend Squeak, do everything they can by setting out coffee cans for donations. When a museum offers to take the structure, Arthur and Squeak are glad that everyone can now see the amazing art by the Junk Man.
This was read by Nick Podehl.