by Paul Fleischman
I’ve been listening to a lot of audiobooks lately, and some books change media better than others. I’m glad I listened to this particular book, though. It is told from thirteen different viewpoints, mostly from immigrants. Each chapter is read by a different reader, so the different accents and dialects come through clearly.
The abandoned lot in Cleveland is an eyesore – trash piled high with more added everyday. But when a young Vietnamese girl wants to honor her late father by planting seeds like he used to do, it’s the only patch of ground she can find. She clears a small spot and plants a few lima beans. Other neighbors take notice and begin clearing their own patches of ground. The crops vary according to the planter’s culture, but soon the garden is flourishing and so is the community of gardeners.
This is a beautiful story of what can happen when somebody decides to see the potential instead of the present situation.
Reviewed by Jessica