The Lottery Rose Author:Irene Hunt Who said growing up would be easy? — 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... more » he has 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.« less
My sister teaches 7th grade language arts & was reading this book on a road-trip as a possible book for her class this year. She loved it, and upon her recommendation, I ordered it in from this site. I loved it, too! It is a tear-jerker -- your heart goes out to the main character who has come from such an abusive home. It is a wonderful story -- have your tissues nearby.