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Grow: A Novel in Verse
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Everything about Berneetha is bigger mouth, her size, and especially her dreams. And when Berneetha decides to create a community garden on a vacant lot, twelve-year-old Kate Sibleys just got to help make that dream a reality. At first the neighbors think Kate and Berneetha are crazy, but slowly they begin to come around. Graffiti gangster Harlan turns out to be pretty good with a rented tiller. Dr. Chitra Arockiasamy is willing to be in charge of tomatoes. Hank Glover would like to grow corn. And unsmiling Jacob Wasserman somehow manages to get some manure. Slowly, a community begins to grow, just as the garden does. 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?
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"Well-placed line drawings and an abundance of white space showcase Havill's fluid verse." "Penciled illustrations add touches of whimsy and charm to the story...a nice read." "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." "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."

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