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by Paul Fleischman Illustrated by Judy Pedersen

An old man seeking renewal, a young girl connecting to a father she never knew, a pregnant teenager dreading motherhood, are just a few of the 13 voices that tell one story of the flowering of a vacant city lot into a neighborhood garden. Old, young, Haitian, Korean, Hispanic, tough, haunted, and hopeful.

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

10, 11, 12
Interest Level
Grades 5 - 7
Tandem Library
Number of Pages
Realistic Fiction

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Judy Pedersen

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