Firstly, the winners of the New Year's Poetry Contest and their poems have been announced! Click here to read them. Secondly, here are the results of the New Year's resolutions sidebar poll:
- To read more books: 5
- To stop buying books that you won't like: 1
- To get rid of the books you don't need/want: 4
- To find more books online as opposed to in a store: 1
- To find more books in a store as opposed to online: 1
- Total voters: 6
Here's the publisher's description:
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.
I love this book! It is set in a neighborhood in Cleveland inhabited by people of many different ethnicities, all of whom have, in the past, been mostly separate. The book is told through the viewpoints of about 15 different characters, each having a different personality and backstory. In the unique story, the characters are changed by the garden and brought together. Each character's story is only about 5 small pages with large font, comprising the 87-page book. However, every moment is important to the story, making it feel just as complex as any longer book would. This is a great book for everyone!