17. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Poetry

Grow: A Novel in Verse by Juanita Havill, Stanislawa Kodman (Illustrator), 159 pages, read by Angie, on 04/16/2013

Grow is a novel in verse. Twelve-year-old Katie tells the story of the summer she helped Berneetha start a garden in their urban community. The poems describe how they cleaned up a vacant lot, how they planted their garden, how they got other members of the community involved and how friendships developed over the summer. It is a beautiful story not just about Katie and Berneetha, but about Harlan. Harlan is a young boy with an abusive father who finds his place in the garden with Katie and Berneetha. It is also the story of how the community came together to create a green space in the middle of the concrete jungle.

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