Publication Date: December 2004
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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 and perspectives old, young, Haitian, Hispanic, tough, haunted, and hopeful tell one amazing story about a garden that transforms a neighborhood.
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Paul Fleischman is the author of many books for young readers, including the 1989 Newbery Medal-winning Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices, illustrated by Eric Beddows; Bull Run, illustrated by David Frampton; and The Borning Room, a 1991 Golden Kite Award Honor Book. He lives in Pacific Grove, CA.
An inner-city Cleveland community is drawn closer together as it works to transform a dirty vacant lot into a lush communal garden in Seedfolks. Author Paul Fleischman says the title came from an old word meaning "ancestors." More at NPR.org
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