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ISBN13: 9780064472074
ISBN10: 0064472078
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A vacant lot, rat-infested and filled with garbage, looked like no place for a garden. Especially to a neighborhood of strangers where no one seems to care. Until one day, a young girl clears a small space and digs into the hard-packed soil to plant her precious bean seeds. Suddenly, the soil holds promise: To Curtis, who believes he can win back Lateesha's heart with a harvest of tomatoes; to Virgil's dad, who sees a fortune to be made from growing lettuce; and even to Mariclea, sixteen and pregnant, wishing she were dead.

Thirteen very different voices — old, young, Haitian, Hispanic, tough, haunted, and hopeful tell one amazing story about a garden that transforms a neighborhood.An old man seeking renewal, a young girl connecting to a father she never knew, a pregnant teenager dreading motherhood.Thirteen voices tell one story of the flowering of a vacant city lot into a neighborhood garden. Old, young, Jamaican, Korean, Hispanic, tough, haunted, hopeful.

Newbery Medal winner Paul Fleischman weaves characters as diverse as the plants they grow into a rich, multi-layered exploration of how a community is born and nurtured in an urban environment.

00-01 Utah Book Award (Gr. 7-12)

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A vacant lot, rat-infested and filled with garbage, looked like no place for a garden. Especially to a neighborhood of strangers where no one seems to care. Until one day, a young girl clears a small space and digs into the hard-packed soil to plant her precious bean seeds. Suddenly, the soil holds promise: To Curtis, who believes he can win back Lateesha's heart with a harvest of tomatoes; to Virgil's dad, who sees a fortune to be made from growing lettuce; and even to Maricela, sixteen and pregnant, wishing she were dead.

Thirteen very different voices — old, young, Haitian, Hispanic, tough, haunted, and hopeful — tell one amazing story about a garden that transforms a neighborhood.

Chosen as a state and citywide read in communities across the country:
Vermont
Racine, WI
Tampa, FL
Newburgh, NY
Boca Raton, FL

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Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)

About the Author

Paul Fleischman grew up in Santa Monica, California in a house with a printing press, a grand piano, a shortwave radio, and his father — children's author Sid Fleischman. Playing recorder in early music consorts led to his books of verbal duets — I Am Phoenix, Joyful Noise (winner of the 1989 Newbery Medal), and Big Talk. His novels built from monologues include Bull Run, a 16-character account of the Civil War's first battle, and Seedfolks — the chronicle of the first year of a Cleveland community garden.

His interest in theater inspired his young adult novels Mind's Eye, Seek, and Breakout, all of which revolve around the spoken word. His historical fiction includes Saturnalia and The Borning Room. He's written nonfiction and picture books as well, including Time Train, Weslandia, and Sidewalk Circus.

Alongside the Newbery Medal, he's won a Newbery Honor Book, the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, the PEN West Literary Award, the California Young Reader Medal, and most recently was a finalist for the 2003 National Book Award. He makes his home in the village of Aromas, California.

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ohohaye13, November 18, 2012 (view all comments by ohohaye13)
This book shows that even when we are caught all up in the life in the city that we can stop to enjoy the beauty of life, nature.
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This book shows that even when we are caught all up in the life in the city that we can stop to enjoy the beauty of life, nature.
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Michelleyo98, October 23, 2006 (view all comments by Michelleyo98)
I'd like to thank the Author Paul Fleschman for creating this wonderful book!! I really enjoyed reading it!! I love the way that the book has different chapters of different characters, gives people a chance to really get to know the characters and to find out what there perpose is in the story. I dont mind reading this book over and over its one of my favorites!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780064472074
ill.:
Pedersen, Judy
Author:
Pedersen, Judy
Author:
Fleischman, Paul
Author:
by Paul Fleischman and Judy Pedersen
Publisher:
HarperTeen
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - General
Subject:
Gardens
Subject:
Lifestyles - City Life
Subject:
Nature & the Natural World - Gardening
Subject:
Neighborhood
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Lifestyles - City & Town Life
Subject:
Situations / General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Joanna Colter Books
Series Volume:
no. 1734-1
Publication Date:
20041214
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
6.80x4.18x.31 in. .13 lbs.
Age Level:
10-14

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"Synopsis" by , A vacant lot, rat-infested and filled with garbage, looked like no place for a garden. Especially to a neighborhood of strangers where no one seems to care. Until one day, a young girl clears a small space and digs into the hard-packed soil to plant her precious bean seeds. Suddenly, the soil holds promise: To Curtis, who believes he can win back Lateesha's heart with a harvest of tomatoes; to Virgil's dad, who sees a fortune to be made from growing lettuce; and even to Maricela, sixteen and pregnant, wishing she were dead.

Thirteen very different voices — old, young, Haitian, Hispanic, tough, haunted, and hopeful — tell one amazing story about a garden that transforms a neighborhood.

Chosen as a state and citywide read in communities across the country:
Vermont
Racine, WI
Tampa, FL
Newburgh, NY
Boca Raton, FL

"Synopsis" by , Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)
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