Submitted by Ms. Sue!
The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco. Tricia stays with her dad and Grandma for the school year. In her new school she believes no one will realize that she was in a special class. But when she gets to her classroom she finds out that she is in a special class. Then she meets her new teacher, Mrs. Peterson, and all the special people in her class, known to the school as “the junkyard.” With the help of Mrs. Peterson, who reminds the class that genius is neither learned nor acquired, and that the definition of genius describes every one of them. The class goes to a real junkyard and collects items that they think they can make into something new. The class project takes them all the way to the science fair when they unveil a repaired model plane they named “the junkyard wonder.” They launch it from the roof and watch as it appears to fly all the way to the moon. Tricia and her friends in class are filled with inspiration and the confidence to believe in themselves through their experiences in “the junkyard.” This story was based on Patricia Polacco’s own experience, and the inspiration she received from her teacher and friends to believe. See this book listed in our catalog