Kate Sibley’s larger-than-life neighbor, Berneetha, enlists her help in creating a community garden out of a vacant lot. Their new idea blooms and thrives until the lot’s owner wants to convert the land into a parking lot. Help arrives from some unexpected sources who want to keep the area from becoming a “paved paradise”. Since shared gardening projects have lately become more common occurrences, the sense of community in this uniquely told story will resonate with readers. For older children, pair this with Paul Fleischman’s Seedfolks. Recommended by Ann Mansfield, Librarian.
Grow: A Novel in Verse