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Holly Schindler

The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky

Holly Schindler The Junction Of Sunshine And Lucky
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Biographical note:

Holly Schindler taught music lessons after she graduated from college, and decided to become a writer to connect with the kids and teens whose music once filled her home. She lives in Springfield, Missouri.

Main description:

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” meets Because of Winn Dixie in this inspiring story of hope.

August “Auggie” Jones lives with her Grandpa Gus, a trash hauler, in a poor part of town. So when her wealthy classmate’s father starts the House Beautification Committee, it’s homes like Auggie’s that are deemed “in violation.” Auggie is determined to prove that she is not as run-down as the outside of her house might suggest. Using the kind of items Gus usually hauls to the scrap heap, a broken toaster becomes a flower; church windows turn into a rainbow walkway; and an old car gets new life as spinning whirligigs. What starts out as a home renovation project becomes much more as Auggie and her grandpa discover a talent they never knew they had—and redefine a whole town’s perception of beauty, one recycled sculpture at a time. Auggie’s talent for creating found art will remind readers that one girl’s trash really is another girl’s treasure.

Review quote:

Praise for A Blue so Dark:

"Breathtakingly, gut-wrenchingly authentic..." —Booklist, starred review

"So powerful is the empathy the author has built for her main character." —School Library Journal

“An excellent first novel—a definite must-read. Schindler's debut novel is a lyrical tapestry...a work of poetry.” —VOYA

A Booklist Top 10 First Novels for Youth

Praise for Playing Hurt:

“If you’re a fan of romance, good luck putting this one down. Playing Hurt is a delicious, tantalizing love story that will captivate you until the final, satisfying sigh. Holly Schindler’s lyrical writing is an absolute delight to read.” —Kristin Walker, author of A Match Made in High School

“The book speaks to personal struggles and triumphs and the ability of the human spirit to heal. Playing Hurt is a good read.” —VOYA


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