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Children's LiteraturePlot 5-1 is rented in the name of one basketball-loving Jackson Jones. Not his choice, mind you, but his mama thinks the city is no place for a boy to connect to the earth. This little square of dirt behind a garden gate downtown is just what he needs to ground him, or so she thinks. What she does not realize is that just showing up to tend the weeds with his fellow Rooters is causing this 11-year-old more grief than seems fair. The school bully, Blood Green, goes out of his way to make Jackson's life miserable. Snide greetings like "Bouquet Jones" and "Barn Boy" do not help. Mary Quattlebaum's lively story about a plucky kid who learns the value of protecting the past is an entertaining look at the very real historical significance of victory gardens. Her author's note at the end explains that millions of Americans planted vegetable gardens during World War II to provide food for families at home and U.S. soldiers overseas. She and her husband tended just such a plot. Although some of the problem-solving skills young Jackson employs seem a bit beyond his experience, it is nevertheless a lighthearted peek into the life of one young boy growing up in the city. Though raised by a single mother, Jackson is never without the wisdom of experience afforded by the older neighbors around him. This book is a good pick for an educational opportunity wrapped in light fiction reading. 2004, Delacorte Press, Ages 8 to 12.