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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

Author: Paul Fleischman
Publisher: Harperteen
Published: 12/14/2004
Pages: 112
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.13lbs
Size: 6.80h x 4.18w x 0.31d
ISBN: 9780064472074
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.3
Point Value: 2
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 19828 / Seedfolks

Award: Buckeye Children's Book Award - Winner
Award: Virginia Readers Choice Award - Nominee
Award: Young Hoosier Book Award - Nominee

Review Citation(s):
Ingram Children's Advance 06/01/1999 pg. 66
Newsweek 07/13/2009 pg. 57