Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 (1/25/19) is in its 6th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators. I love participating each year in this movement.
Title: Seed Savers, Lily
Author: Sandra Smith
Publisher: Flying Books House, 2018
#2 in Seed Savers series
Themes: gardens, seeds, friendships, resistance, corporate power, diversity, politics, Japanese-Americans, eating fresh produce, secrets, betrayal, love
My name is Lily. When I first heard Clare and Dante were missing and presumed runaway, I couldn’t believe it. Clare is my best friend, after all, and her brother Dante like the brother I never had. Hadn’t I just seen them? Didn’t I see them practically every day?
When her friends disappear under mysterious circumstances,
thirteen-year-old Lily sets out to discover more about the secret organization
with which they had become involved. Her investigation unearths a disturbing
secret from her own past, unsettling her world even more. In the meantime, Lily
makes a new friend and falls for a mysterious young man, even as she remains
unsure about whom she should trust. As her world crashes down around her, Lily
struggles to decide what to do next.
Lily is volume two of the Seed Savers series but can easily be read out of order. It is a suspenseful and reflective book with themes of self-empowerment, trust, acceptance of diversity, gardening, and politics. (publisher)
Why I like this book:
#2 is a series, but reads well as a stand-alone (I haven’t read the first but will now about Clare and Dante!) This is an action and secret packed adventure story for 5th to 7th grade. It is a fast, fun dystopian with a refreshing focus on gardens and seeds. Because of its length and pacing, I actually think it would make a great class read-aloud (which I hope you are still doing even in middle school!)
The premise of this series is intentionally scary because it is something that could really happen and links well with many environmental food-source issues we are discussing with our children. In this book, Lily, a Japanese-American 13-year-old who was left behind when Clare and Dante escaped to Canada, knows she need to find out the truth about her father whom she thought was dead, and she knows she’s got to be even more involved in the seed saver movement. I enjoyed the mentor character, Anna, who entrusts these children with teaching, contraband seeds, and a few illegal books. Making new friends and commitment to old friends is also explored in this novel. Lily has her first crush and starts to have to learn to make decisions independent of her friends. And she contemplates the power and conflict inherent in secrets. Lily tries to figure out whom she can trust and which lies are true.
The text offers wonderful incidental opportunities for readers to learn much about gardening, preservation, conservation, cooking with fresh produce, all of which happen to be passions of mine. This content can definitely offer teachers opportunities for extension activities in the classroom.
She has to grapple with her commitment to the cause and her new lifestyle. Seed Savers is about questioning the world around, problem-solving, becoming involved in making the world a better place, and our consequent personal growth.
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