Seedfolks (Mass Market Paperbound)
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.
Chosen as a state and citywide read in communities across the country, including in Vermont; Racine, WI; Tampa, FL; Newburgh, NY; and Boca Raton, FL.
Supports the Common Core State Standards.
About the Author
Paul Fleischman has written novels, plays, poetry, and nonfiction. He has received the Newbery Medal, been a finalist for the National Book Award, and was the U.S. nominee for the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Award.
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.