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The Year Money Grew on Trees Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Hawkins, Aaron
ISBN: 0547577168     ISBN-13: 9780547577166
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: November 2011
Annotation: In early 1980s New Mexico, thirteen-year-old Jackson Jones recruits his cousins and sisters to help tend an elderly neighbor's neglected apple orchard for the chance to make big money and, perhaps, to own the orchard.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Apple growers; Fiction.
Farm life; New Mexico; Fiction.
Cousins; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2011031464
Lexile Measure: 810
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.50" H x 5.00" W x 0.75" (0.60 lbs) 293 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 139125
Reading Level: 5.2   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 10.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q50531
Reading Level: 5.3   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 16.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):
Aaron Hawkins tended his grandmother's orchard as a child. He writes:  "I hoped to create a story that contained some of the things I learned: appreciation for nature and growing something, the self esteem that comes from hard work, and the love for family and friends that comes from struggling together." He still owns the orchard to this day. He lives in Provo, Utah. This is his first novel.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring)
Inspired by the acres of fruit trees that surround his home, thirteen-year-old Jackson stumbles into a career in agriculture and soon encounters all the pressures and pitfalls that plague farmers. The story gives lots of practical details; useful line-drawing diagrams illustrate the text. The novel has a pleasantly old-fashioned feel without lapsing into sentimentality or nostalgia. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 August #5)

Thirteen-year-old Jackson will do anything to avoid working at the scrap yard this summer. So when his neighbor Mrs. Nelson suggests he care for her apple orchard, he agrees, despite reservations based on past dealings with her. They draw up a contract stating that Jackson will receive all profits above ,000 and the deed to the orchard if she is satisfied with his work. He quickly realizes that the job is bigger than he ever imagined, so he persuades his cousins and sisters to help and share the potential profits ("By the end of that night, I had given away a large chunk of future apple money. It may have been more than 100 percent, but I was too afraid to add it up"). Set in New Mexico in the early 1980s, Hawkins's children's book debut is rich with details that feel drawn from memory (an engineering professor who worked on his family's orchard as a child, Hawkins also contributes schematic line drawings), and Jackson's narration sparkles. His hard work, setbacks, and motivations make this a highly relatable adventure in entrepreneurship. Ages 10–up. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 October)

Gr 5–8—An old-fashioned quality permeates this story of a 14-year-old who is hornswoggled by an elderly neighbor in the early 1980s near Farmington, NM. Lured by the promise of gaining ownership of her apple orchard, Jackson agrees to conniving Mrs. Nelson's proposal that if he does all the work and gives her the first $8,000 of proceeds, she will give him the deed to the land. The contract is signed at a lawyer's office. Jackson is as wily as his neighbor, and he manages to gain a work crew of his sisters and cousins, overcomes his mother's resistance, and is amazingly resourceful at handling each obstacle as it appears. The story will be especially appealing to those hoping to promote a solid work ethic and an economical attitude that the recent Wall Street woes have brought back to the fore. The focus on the tremendous amount of labor involved and the battle of man versus nature gradually heightens the suspense, as the possibility of success seems doomed. Closest to Gary Paulsen's Lawn Boy (Delacorte, 2007) in its exploration of work, this novel is much more realistic and less tinged with fantasy elements. The pride Jackson feels in his ability to meet the challenges exemplifies the traditional values that permeate each page, and yet he is no hero; he is clearly in over his head and knows it, which rescues the story from being preachy or priggishly pompous. This is a book that is cutting-edge 2010 in its appeal to 19th-century values.—Carol A. Edwards, Denver Public Library, CO

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