Matchit by Martha Moore

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Matchit McCarty feels like a piece of junk. It’s not surprising, really. His father, who has always taken care of him, has left him with a woman named Babe who runs a junkyard. It seems his father is in love and, for the moment at least, he needs Matchit out of the picture. But what sort of picture can Matchit construct of himself—abandoned, unwanted, a bad-luck boy?

Babe, however, turns out to be a woman with a heart as big as Texas. She seems convinced that Matchit is the greatest kid on earth. Her junkyard is more than it seems, too. It’s home to a sculptor named Zebby who welds scrap iron into art. Then there is their neighbor, Sister, a taxidermist who is full of splintery affection. From this motley “family” Matchit will learn to create a new image of who he is and where he might be headed.
 

About Martha Moore

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Martha Moore teaches English in the Arlington, Texas, Independent School District. This is her third novel.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published April 9, 2002 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 208 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Sometimes all it takes is for one person to believe in you, and Matchit finds that person in an unlikely place, an automobile junkyard.

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After his father dumps him in a junkyard to be tended by its owner, Matchit, an 11-year-old "bad-luck boy," slowly gains confidence.

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When Matchit's father takes Jewel to Mount Rushmore, he dumps Matchit in a junkyard to be tended by its owner, cigar-smoking Babe (the father hasn't seen her in 10 years and hasn't made arrangements ahead of time but, he says, she owes him a favor).

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