I do not think this book was fit to make our short list. The plot was cute and I liked the drawings, but this book is not distinguished. I don’t know how many times I have read a book about someone growing a garden in an empty lot, and the idea was not original at all. I also did not like the writing. I am partial to prose, and, although I did not like it, the writing was fine, but it used no interesting words, didn’t use a lot of description. I believe this book does not belong on our short list, even though I liked it.
I didn’t like this book and I agree that it should not be on our short list. There’s just not much to it and it’s very basic. I agree that the idea was not original, but I do think that beginning readers might enjoy this book more than I did.
See what we are reading for our 2014 Mock Newbery awards by clicking on the categories under 2013-2014 Club in the category list to the left. We love comments from authors and readers in other Newbery clubs. Please feel free to add some!