Phyllis Rosen


Outstanding, Intermediate, Young Adult, children, Arkansas, Chinese Americans, grandma, gardens, growing up, predjudices

Document Type

Book Review


Azelea is dropped off by her mother to look after her Grandma Clark for the summer. Grandma hurt her ankle and needs help with her house and especially with her garden. She has three other children who come in weekly to help with the garden. One is a Chinese American named Billy Wong, one a troubled boy named Willis, and one a gossipy, dressed-to-the nines girl named Melinda. Azelea learns that appearances are not always what they seem. She gradually becomes friends with Billy, and learns that being in Arkansas for the summer might not be so bad after all.