The Lottery Rose

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Berkley Jam Books, 2002 - Fiction - 192 pages
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The Newbery Award winning author of Across Five Aprils and Up a Road Slowly presents the story of a young boy from a troubled family who learns what it means to love…

The Lottery Rose

Abused by his mother and her boyfriend, Georgie Burgess learns to hide his hurt. He withdraws into a safe and secret world of beautiful gardens filled with roses—just like those in the library book he treasures.

When Georgie wins a small rosebush in a grocery store lottery he gives it all the love and caring he's never had. Georgie's life begins to open up for him when the courts send him to a home for boys where he will be safe. Slowly, and not without pain, Georgie learns to give—and to receive—love…

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The book is not a sob story it's just something that was suppose to get to people and life is tough get over it and I hate that it is the first book that i have reached 100 pgs on total waste of time

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This article, in my opinion, is very startling. Although a budget of $40 million sounds like a lot of money, when the author compared that amount to only being enough to keep 40 soldiers fighting in Iraq it really opened my eyes. Children are the future of our country and deserve every dollar we have to help them recover from the evils that are inflicted upon them by adults. We have learned from our reading of “The Lottery Rose” that many adults who abuse children were abused themselves. Maybe if the government had paid for programs when they were young they wouldn’t have become abusers themselves. It is a tragedy that the government will spend billions of dollars on a war in another country and at the same time take money away from the children who need it most in their own country. Georgie Burgess deserves a happy life, just like all of the children in our country. In the first few chapters of the book we have seen Georgie take out his anger in aggressive ways that mimick the behavior of his abuser, Steve. If doctors know how to treat children like Georgie, I think we should find the money to help them do so. Like the author of the article said, by cutting costs now we will spend more in the future, because those untreated abused children will end up in jail as adults and then we will have to put more money into the jails. Americans need to put their tax dollars where it counts, into our children. 


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About the author (2002)

Irene Hunt is the author of many distinguished books for young people. Her first novel, Across Five Aprils, was a Newberry Honor Book and received a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. For her second novel, Up a Road Slowly, Ms. Hunt was awarded the Newberry Medal. Ms. Hunt was born in southern Illinois and has received degrees from the University of Illinois and the University of Colorado. For many years she taught in the public schools of northern Illinois, and later she taught psychology at the University of South Dakota. Ms. Hunt now lives in Florida.

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