Transformation is the theme of April's selection for NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds.
In Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman, an eight-year-old girl named Kim starts an unexpected revolution in her Cleveland neighborhood with one simple act: planting lima bean seeds in a vacant lot. When a neighbor observes her action and shares her concern for the seeds with another neighbor, who decides to plant his own garden, the transformation of trashed lot to community garden begins. Thirteen diverse voices join together to tell the story of beauty coming from chaos, as both the neighborhood and the people in it change and grow.
Seedfolks has been chosen as a state and citywide read in many places across the country. You too will enjoy reading and sharing your reactions with the people in your life, young and old. And you just might be moved to action yourself.