When thirteen year old Arthur Owens sees the neighborhood trash collector wearing his deceased father’s hat, the teen’s anger surges and he throws a brick, hitting the man on the arm.  When the “Junk Man” proposes that Arthur do community service with him in lieu of time in juvenile detention, the boy reluctantly agrees.  As he searches among the neighborhood trash for the seven items that this man uses to create amazing art, Arthur’s attitude about this dad’s death and his mother’s new boyfriend begins to change.  Inspired by the folk artist, James Hampton, Shelley Pearsall’s coming of age story is perfect for fans of Lisa Graff and Gary Schmidt ages 10+