Green Thumb

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Green Thumb
Author Rob Thomas
Country United States
Language English
Genre Young adult novel
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 186
ISBN 0-689-82886-1
OCLC 45384280

Green Thumb is a young-adult novel by Rob Thomas, creator of the television series Veronica Mars. It was published in 1999

Plot summary[edit]

Pudgy misanthropic boy genius Grady Jacobs wins a scholarship to participate in rainforest research and conservation. Upon discovering that our Grady is only thirteen, Dr. Carter, the scientist in charge, relegates him to the position of camp drudge. A healthier diet and menial labor transforms Grady both physically and emotionally, making him a better and more balanced boy.

During the course of his duties, Grady somehow discovers a way to communicate with trees. This fantastic power eventually comes in handy when it is discovered that Dr. Carter's project would in fact lead to the destruction of the rainforest.


Critical reception has been positive.[1][2] Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews both gave Green Thumb favorable reviews, with Publishers Weekly writing "While this book is aimed at a slightly younger audience than Thomas's previous YA titles, Grady's knowing, flip tone will appeal to Thomas's older teen fans."[3][4]


  1. ^ "GREEN THUMB (review)". School Library Journal. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Peters, John. "Green Thumb (review)". Booklist. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Green Thumb (review)". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Green Thumb (review)". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 18 July 2015.