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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: 13-UP
Grade Level: 8-UP
Lexile Measure: 710(Not Available)
Series: Joanna Colter Books
Physical Information: 0.31" H x 4.18" W x 6.8" L (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
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Publisher Description:

ALA Best Book for Young Adults ∙ School Library Journal Best Book ∙ Publishers Weekly Best Book ∙ IRA/CBC Children's Choice NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts

A Vietnamese girl plants six lima beans in a Cleveland vacant lot. Looking down on the immigrant-filled neighborhood, a Romanian woman watches suspiciously. A school janitor gets involved, then a Guatemalan family. Then muscle-bound Curtis, trying to win back Lateesha. Pregnant Maricela. Amir from India. A sense of community sprouts and spreads.

Newbery-winning author Paul Fleischman uses thirteen speakers to bring to life a community garden's founding and first year. The book's short length, diverse cast, and suitability for adults as well as children have led it to be used in countless one-book reads in schools and in cities across the country.

Seedfolks has been drawn upon to teach tolerance, read in ESL classes, promoted by urban gardeners, and performed in schools and on stages from South Africa to Broadway.

The book's many tributaries--from the author's immigrant grandfather to his adoption of two brothers from Mexico--are detailed in his forthcoming memoir, No Map, Great Trip: A Young Writer's Road to Page One.

The size of this slim volume belies the profound message of hope it contains. --Christian Science Monitor

And don't miss Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices, the Newbery Medal-winning poetry collection

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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