by Paul Fleischman

On Sale: 04/11/1997


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by Paul Fleischman

illustrated by Judy Pedersen

On Sale: 04/11/1997


Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts (NCTE)

Golden Kite Award Honor Book

New York Public Library's “One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing”

Buckeye Children’s Book Award (Ohio)

IRA/CBC Teachers' Choice

ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age

School Library Journal Best Book

IRA/CBC Children's Choice

ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults

Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)

Publishers Weekly Best Book

Jane Addams Book Award Honor Book

About the Book

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!

Critical Praise

★ “A beautiful, multicolored harvest. The message of diversity, people, and sensibility is universal, and beautifully cultivated by an author who has a green thumb with words.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

★ “The story’s quiet beauty unfurls effortlessly and lingers after the final page has been turned.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Each voice sings with the rhythm of culture and personality.”Children’s Book Review Magazine

★ “The characters’ vitality and the sharply delineated details of the neighborhood make this not merely an exercise in craftsmanship or morality but an engaging, entertaining novel as well.” — ALA Booklist (starred review)

“Innovative. Effective.”Horn Book Magazine



Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060274719
  • ISBN 10: 0060274719
  • Imprint: HarperTeen
  • On Sale: 04/11/1997
  • Pages: 80
  • List Price:24.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
  • BISAC2 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Emigration & Immigration
  • BISAC3 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Values & Virtues
  • BISAC4 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Recycling & Green Living
  • BISAC5 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Religious / General
  • BISAC6 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / General (see also headings under Social Themes)
  • BISAC8 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Homelessness & Poverty
  • BISAC9 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
  • BISAC10 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Class Differences

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