The Seventh Most Important Thing

This page is dedicated to our fall school-wide discussion title, The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall.

We invite you to share your thoughts on anything having to do with this amazing story.

Wondering what to write about?

• Who else was a friend to Arthur in the story?

•  Do you think Arthur changed by the end?

• Tell about what you think some of the seven most important things represent. For example, the first most important thing is a lightbulb, but what did you see Arthur learn at that moment in the story?

• Do you like the story? Why?

Comments
  1. H12-14 says:

    What would you do if after one bad choice, you were suddenly defined as a juvenile delinquent? That’s what happens to Arthur Owens, the main character in The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall. After Arthur throws a brick at an old junk collector named James Hampton, he is assigned community service hours working for his victim. During this time, Arthur learns that Mr. Hampton is creating The Throne of the Third Heaven out of trash. While the sculpture is being constructed, Arthur is also growing as a person. He’s beginning to think before he acts, care more about what others need, and value the truth. When the fate of the sculpture is unknown, Arthur takes a risk to preserve it by letting it go. Seven years later, Mr. Hampton’s dream is a reality, and Arthur’s redemption is complete. The book brings out a lot of emotions in the reader and makes us think about our lives differently. Ms, Pearsall gently sprinkles life lessons into her story while keeping us wanting more with her powerful cliff hangers. Take a walk in Arthur’s shoes and read this book.

  2. H4-6 says:

    Have you ever done something that you wish you could take back, but in the end it leads to something amazing? Arthur Owens, the main character in The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall, experiences just that. He throws a brick at an innocent man named James Hampton, and then Arthur finds himself serving a probation sentence working for his victim. Little does Arthur know that his life is about to change significantly. During his time collecting the seven most important things for Mr. Hampton’s work of art, Arthur comes to understand the importance of hard work, discipline, and thoughtfulness. Not only does this prepare him to preserve Mr. Hampton’s dream, but Arthur also achieves redemption for himself. This story teaches all of us important lessons and not to fear the unknown. Let this book pull you in, just as it did us!

    • Mrs. Patterson says:

      Your thoughtful review got me thinking about all of the “Arthurs” out there who don’t have a Mr. Hampton. Most kids Arthur’s age don’t which is why this story is such an important one as every reader, young or old, can take away so many life lessons from this book!

  3. H1-3 says:

    We just finished reading The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall as a class, and we thought it was fantastic! Arthur Owens, the main character, has made some bad decisions in his young life. He finds himself serving a probation sentence with James Hampton, the victim of Arthur’s most serious mistake. As Arthur helps him create heaven, Mr. Hampton guides Arthur to an understanding of important life lessons. Arthur becomes more mature and thoughtful, going above and beyond to give back to Mr. Hampton by fulfilling his dream, and in the process, Arthur achieves redemption and discovers his destiny. The book gives the reader a lot to think about and was easy to connect to our own lives. We wanted to keep reading each day, and we think you will to!

    • Mrs. Patterson says:

      I am so glad you wanted to keep reading each day. Isn’t it exciting when you find a story that you look forward to returning to? I look forward to seeing you all find more books you love just as much as this one!

  4. Paysh says:

    The book The seventh Most Important Thing is about a boy named Arthur who commits a crime and has to go see a judge,hoping that things will go well.The boy’s name is Arthur Owens and what happens is he sees an old man (the trash picker) and decides to throw it at the trash picker,the brick hit the trash picker in the arm.Arthur says that he believed that he had his reasons of throwing the brick at the trash picker,so he did.Then comes the consequences and he has to face the judge,the judge believes that Arthur deserves to go to juvie forever.Then surprisingly the trash picker steps up himself and offers to give Arthur an alternative,which was to work for him for 120 hours of community service every Saturday.SO then Arthur agrees to working the 120 hours of community labor for the trash picker,so the trash picker gave him an old,kinda falling apart grocery cart with a list of the things that he had to collect.The things that were on the list of what he needed to collect was the seven most important things which were Glass bottles,Mirrors,Cardboard,Pieces of wood,Lightbulbs,Coffee cans,foil. The reason the trash picker is having Arthur find all of this stuff is weird,but it will change Arthur’s life.
    there is the gist of the book The seventh Most Important Thing QUESTIONED READER

    • Mrs. Patterson says:

      You are so right that Arthur’s life was changed forever when he met Mr. Hampton. I love how the story reminds us that we CAN turn things around for the better if we try hard enough!

  5. paysh says:

    It is a really good book.I would recommend it to everyone

  6. Anonymous says:

    It was really good I would recommend it to everyone!

  7. Madreader says:

    Love it

    • Questioned reader says:

      What exactly did you love about,I want to read it but its really not my kinda book but i just wanted to know if i could get a gist of it from you?

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