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Grow: A Novel in Verse

Juanita Havill

Nominee:Keystone to Reading Book Award -Intermediate (2010)
This verse novel about the creation of a community garden reveals the extraordinary magic that occurs when ordinary people work together.

Everything about Berneetha is big--especially her dreams. And when Berneetha decides to create a garden on a vacant lot, twelve-year-old Kate Sibley just has to help make that dream a reality. At first the neighbors think Kate and Berneetha are crazy, but slowly a community begins to grow, much like the plants do.

But just as the garden and Kate are both beginning to bloom, a sign goes up: a parking garage will be built on the lot. Can Kate and Berneetha and their friends keep the garden and the dream alive?

Award-winning author Juanita Havill's story of a community garden in an urban neighborhood is told through the eyes of an impressionable girl in a series of richly detailed prose poems. The result is an affecting, lasting portrait of community life and the power of shared commitment and hope.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
  • Publish Date: Apr 1st, 2008
  • Pages: 160
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 7.59in - 5.85in - 0.75in - 0.63lb
  • EAN: 9781561454419
  • Recommended age: 08-12
  • Categories: Girls & WomenSocial Themes - Adolescence & Coming of AgeSocial Themes - Friendship

About the Author

Juanita Havill was born in Indiana and grew up in Illinois. She is the author of more than thirty books for children, including Jamaica's Find, which received the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. She lives and gardens in Arizona.

Stanislawa Kodman is known best by her cats, who say she spends way too much time drawing, playing with letterforms, and watching movies, instead of entertaining them during their few waking minutes. The pressures of a muse are great, but such is the life of a cat. She lives in Georgia.

Praise for this book

"This novel in verse shows how an inner-city community garden brings neighbors together.. . . the target audience will hear the freshness in Kate's voice as she delivers a message of hope and resilience."--Publishers Weekly

"Penciled illustrations add touches of whimsy and charm to the story. . . a nice read."--Kirkus Reviews

"Well-placed line drawings and an abundance of white space showcase Havill's fluid verse."--School Library Journal

"There's more than just a message here; there's a real story. . . With quiet scribbly drawings of the tendrils of snap beans, wild dancing feet, and lacy leaves, the pages depict the power of working as a community."--Booklist