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Seedfolks (Joanna Colter Books)
by Paul Fleischman
Binding: Paperback, 70 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Weight: 0.15 pound
Dimension: H: 0.4 x L: 6.6 x W: 4.1 inches
ISBN 10: 0064472078
ISBN 13: 9780064472074
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Common Ground

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 seems 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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