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Contributor(s): Fleischman, Paul (Author), Pedersen, Judy (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0064472078     ISBN-13: 9780064472074
Publisher: Harperteen
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Binding Type: Mass Market Paperbound - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: December 2004

Annotation: A determined young girl plants six bean seeds in a trash-filled lot in Cleveland and something truly magnificent grows. Thirteen different voices come together to tell one amazing story about a vacant lot that transforms a neighborhood. Illustrations.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Young Adult Fiction | Social Themes - Values & Virtues
- Young Adult Fiction | Lifestyles - City & Town Life
- Young Adult Fiction | Recycling & Green Living
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2005271583
Age Level: 9-12
Grade Level: 4-7
Lexile Measure: 710(Not Available)
Series: Joanna Colter Books
Physical Information: 0.31" H x 4.18" W x 6.8" (0.13 lbs) 112 pages
- Demographic Orientation - Urban
- Ethnic Orientation - Multicultural
- Geographic Orientation - Ohio
- Catalog Heading - Language Arts
- Curriculum Strand - Language Arts
Features: Ikids, Illustrated, Price on Product
Awards: Buckeye Children's Book Award, Winner, Grades 6-8, 1999
Virginia Readers Choice Award, Nominee, Middle School, 2001
Young Hoosier Book Award, Nominee, Grades 6-8, 2000
Review Citations: Ingram Children's Advance 06/01/1999 pg. 66
Newsweek 07/13/2009 pg. 57
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 19828
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 2.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
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:
Racine, WI
Tampa, FL
Newburgh, NY
Boca Raton, FL

Contributor Bio(s): Fleischman, Paul: -

Paul Fleischman's novels, poetry, picture books, and nonfiction are known for innovation and multiple viewpoints. He received the Newbery Medal for Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices and a Newbery Honor for Graven Images, and he was a National Book Award finalist for Breakout. His books bridging the page and stage include Bull Run, Seek, and Mind's Eye. For the body of his work, he's been the United States nominee for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award. He lives in California. www.paulfleischman.net.

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