Paul Fleischman, Author , read by a full cast. Audio Bookshelf $18.95 (800-234-1713) ISBN 1-883332-89-3 ISBN 978-1-883332-95-2

Fleischman's talent for writing stories from various points of view makes his works particularly appealing in audiobook form. Here, 13 different characters come alive via the distinct performances of a widely varied cast. When Kim, a young Vietnamese girl, plants some lima beans in a run-down vacant lot near her Cleveland, Ohio, apartment building, she has no idea that her actions will be a catalyst for reinvigorating the community. An elderly Romanian woman, a widower from Kentucky, an African-American boy and a Hispanic man are just a sampling of the other nearby residents who gradually emerge to follow Kim's unintentional lead and begin to help grow a new garden—and newly fulfilled lives—in the lot. Though not all the readings are of equal caliber (the portrayals of Ana and Wendell are particularly strong; a couple of the child performers lack polish), the range of voices and styles suggests a true community—certainly the author's intention. Ages 10-up. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 02/03/2003
Release date: 01/01/2003
Genre: Audio
Ebook - 112 pages - 978-0-06-228368-9
Downloadable Audio - 978-0-7927-8513-2
Hardcover - 69 pages - 978-0-06-027472-6
Prebound-Other - 69 pages - 978-0-606-16732-1
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-1-883332-89-1
Paperback - 96 pages - 978-986-443-138-0
Prebound-Sewn - 69 pages - 978-0-7807-9482-5
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-60514-919-6
Mass Market Paperbound - 112 pages - 978-0-06-447207-4
Hardcover - 80 pages - 978-0-06-027471-9
Prebound-Sewn - 102 pages - 978-0-613-18276-8
Compact Disc - 978-1-5384-5938-6
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