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Cover of Seedfolks
Author Paul Fleischman
Illustrator Judy Pedersen
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's literature
Published 1997
Media type Print
Pages 102
ISBN 0-06-027471-9
OCLC 34943325

Seedfolks (1997) is a short children's novel written by Paul Fleischman, with illustrations by Judy Pedersen.[1] The story is told by a diverse cast of characters living on (or near) Gibb Street in Cleveland, Ohio, each from a different ethnic group. Chapter by chapter, each character describes the transformation of an empty lot into a vibrant community garden, and in doing so, they each experience their own transformations.[2]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

  • ALA Best Books for Young Adults (1998)[3]
  • Buckeye Children's Book Award (1999), Grades 6-8[4]
  • Marathon County READS | Featured Book (2010)[5]
  • Chosen as state and citywide read in communities across the country:
    • Vermont
    • Racine, WI
    • Tampa, FL
    • Newburgh, NY
    • Boca Raton, FL
    • Trumansburg, NY
    • Tallahassee, FL
    • Madison, WI
    • Dallas, TX[6]
    • Edgewater Neighborhood, Chicago, IL
  • Won the Sydney Hess Fictional Shirt Design Award in 1999 [7]


  1. ^ Library of Congress: "Seedfolks" (brief record)
  2. ^ HarperCollinsPublishers: "Seedfolks" Summary
  3. ^ ALA Best Books for Young Adults
  4. ^ Buckeye Children's Book Awards: Past Winners
  5. ^ Marathon County READS: an initiative of the Marathon County Public Library (MCPL)
  6. ^ Harper Collins
  7. ^ Best Books for Young Adults Archived February 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  • Fleischman, Paul. Seedfolks. HarperTrophy, 1997. Print.
  • Fleischman, Paul. Seedfolks. HarperTeen, 1999. Print.

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