The Lottery Rose

The Lottery Rose

by Irene Hunt


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The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt

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…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425182796
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/2002
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 108,241
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 7.69(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

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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“A deeply affecting, affirmative story.”— Booklist

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The Lottery Rose 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Words are hard to describe how this book touched my life. It only gets better when it is reread.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A real tear jerker that pulls on your heart strings. Perfect for a rainy day. I had doubts, but now I love the book. Georgie will capture your heart.
stupidfangirl More than 1 year ago
My class read this together and we loved it. My friend stole the book from my teacher she loved it so much. I would highly go read it. I want to read it again. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book~ It teaches you about life and how not all people have it as good as others. I was so happy once Georgie was moved I was glued to the story. A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Lottery Rose, Irene Hunt The book was the lottery Rose by Irene Hunt. Irene Hunt born on May 18, 1907 in Pontiac, IL and passed away on May 18, 2001 in IL was a very well-known book writer. Irene graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana then she received her master’s degree at the University of Minnesota. Many of her books have earned awards like the Newberry Medal and the Parent’s Choice Award. The book follows a young boy, age seven who is mistreated and abused by his mother and her boyfriend. Not having a mother to guide him in life he has no learned any kind of manners or to even read. After there seems to be no hope left for the young boy Georgie wins a rose from a supermarket contest which ignites a spark of new life in the boy. The rose changes him because he has a deep love for flowers that he gained from a book he had gotten from his school’s library. Although he cannot read any of what the book says, he enjoys looking at the pictures of the flowers. After he is beaten unconscious by the mother’s boyfriend he is rescued by a child protective services type of group.  The possible reason or purpose of the book although it is a fiction may be to show what some abused children go through. Even though it is not stated it could be a possible advisory to get people to help end child abuse. By giving the reader an inside view of the possible dangers some abused children go through it may be a better motivator than just a flyer to help put an end to child abuse. The book was good for the reason that is was a fiction with a very realistic plot. The author wrote the story with a tone that seems good with the subject of child abuse. The book could have been longer and there probably should have been a part two. Even though it was not that long it wasn’t short either, but none the less it was still a very good book. To his book should be recommended to anyone who is looking a slightly emotional story. Though the book can be a bit graphic it would be god for teens to hear as well to show them that they should try to help any kids they know that have abusive parents. I would personally recommend this book for any casual reader looking for a good, acceptable length book to read.
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Elliya-G More than 1 year ago
The lottery rose is a book about an abused boy named Georgie and he is basically trying to find happiness and love, something he hasn't been getting since his mom has an abusive boyfriend that turned their family upside down. Georgie really loves flowers. There is this one day that Georgie goes to the store and he wins this rosebush.Georgie goes home that day and he doesn't really like. Georgie gets placed in a foster care home and he spots a garden he would love to plant his rosebush but he can't. Now Georgie is demanding to plant his rosebush in the garden he spotted and he is learning to make friends and how to forgive and open his heart so that people can love him!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Lottery Rose is a fun heartfelt book that you won't want to put down. It will teach you how many things are take for granite. It also shows you how something simple can change a person's life forever . The story takes place in Tampa Florida, where seven year old Georgie Burgess is beaten starved by his mother and he mean boyfriend Steve. After winning a small rose bush from a grocery store lottery Georgie gives it all the love and attention he has never had. After going to court Georgie is taken away from his mother and sent to a home just for boys. While there Georgie makes two friends, Timothy and Robin. The three friends played together all the time until one day something tragic happened. This book is well written and easy to follow. It's a great book for all children twelve and older. Trust me I know if I liked it you will. I am very glad to have read this book. It is the best book that I have ever read. I really enjoyed this book. It kept me wanting to read more. Irene Hunt is a very good author. I know that I will read this again. I feel that just about anyone who reads The Lottery Rose will read it again.
purplecow0022 More than 1 year ago
The book The Lottery Rose, by Irene Hunt is a must-read for every single middle school student. The Lottery Rose is vividly described in exquisite detail, demonstrating the everyday hardships of an abused little boy. This deeply moving book will make you count your blessings and appreciate all that your parents do for you. Irene Hunt does a fantastic job proving a point that some kid somewhere has it worse that you. The Lottery Rose itself has just the right amount of suspense and heart-warming scenes. This detailed plot at times will make you never want to put this book down. The main character in this novel is Georgie Burgess. He lives with his mom in Tampa, Florida in an old apartment. He is a bit of a delinquent and he does poorly in school. He believes his teacher, Miss Cressman, hates him because no one at home has taught him how to read. Georgie is actually highly intelligent and full of potential but he just hasn't had the resources to realize it yet. Georgie is abused and constantly neglected by his mother. Steve, his mother's boyfriend does most of the brutal beating, while his mother, on the other hand usually just neglects him. Georgie only has one thing that he really and truly cares about: flowers, especially roses. He loves to flip through picture books filled with colorful paintings of gardens and flowers. He is given a lottery ticket one day while at the grocery store and he wins. The prize is a rosebush and Georgia is thrilled! When he gets home, however he is viciously beaten up by Steve and loses consciousness. The police come and he is eventually sent to a home for boy, run by several Catholic nuns. There, he begins to find love and support and the perfect home for his rosebush. This book was clearly well written and paints a clear picture of how Georgie sees the world. I felt, personally, that the book maybe had a little too many details at times, which occasionally got boring. I also felt very drawn to this novel because I enjoy reading about stuff that actually happens in the real world. The plot was full of vivid details but about every other chapter, however, was actually exciting. The Lottery Rose ends with some major surprises. I felt like the last couple chapters had the most drama and heart-to-heart action. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes books that make you tear up at times. About every other chapter made me want to keep reading and there were some suspenseful moments. I overall was very satisfied with the book all together. My overall review on this book is pretty much positive. I give The Lottery Rose four out of five stars. If you are looking for a great book filled with love and lots of emotions than this is the perfect book for you. This novel at times, you will not be able to put down and you will want to finish the whole book in one night. Irene Hunt, left me overall satisfied with the book, but also left me hanging with the surprise ending!
Volleyball-chick More than 1 year ago
The lottery rose is a book about a seven year old boy that is abused by his mother and her boyfriend. Trough all his trial he has to learn to hide and handle his hurt. In the beginning Georgie is constantly getting in trouble. He is in second grade for the second time and has the same teacher. All the teachers hate Georgie except for the librarian. She teaches him how to love by showing him flowers. After a hard beating Georgie almost dies and the police then move him to a nun school and he has to hide his beating s and life s history. From then on it is a twisted journey through this young child's life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"The Lottery Rose" If you're looking for a book filled with adventure, life lessons, amazing characters with extraordinary personalities, and a touching sob story, then the amazing realistic fiction story, I have the perfect book for you. It's called "The Lottery Rose", written by Irene Hunt. The Lottery Rose is about a boy named Georgie, the main character, who is abused by his mother and her boyfriend. Because of his parent's extreme behavior, Georgie's life at school is affected as well. He is mean and he has no friends. The teachers don't like Georgie, especially because he can't read. Although the teachers hate him, the librarian is fond of Georgie. She always lends him a book about flowers. Since he can't read, the book had to be a picture book. Georgie loves flowers because they bring him a sense of peace in his miserable life. His whole life changes when one day, he wins a rose bush in the local grocery store's lottery. One day Georgie is taken away, and he meets Mrs. Harper. He first notices her because of her colorful garden across the street. One night he decided to plant his rose bush their, but Mrs. Harper yelled and threatened to burn it. She doesn't want people to be in her garden because she used to share it with her husband, who died in a car accident a few years ago along with her son Paul. Georgie also meets Mrs. Harper's living son, Robin. Robin is mentally retarded and can't read, speak, or walk very well, even though he is old enough to. Georgie befriends Robin because he understands him. Georgie also reminded Robin of his dead brother Paul. Because of this, Robin enjoys spending time with Georgie. His favorite thing to do is feed the ducks by the lake, and he loves it when Georgie takes him. The story first starts out in Tampa, Florida, a state for fun in the sun. That wasn't the case for Georgie, he hated it there. He wasn't comfortable at his small apartment or at his school. Once they taken him away though, he finds safety and comfort. He's taken to a school, owned and ran by nuns. The building was run down, but he liked it there. He spent a lot of his time visiting his rose bush across the street in Mrs. Harper's bright garden. Irene hunt explains in this touching story, that everyone deserves to be loved. It shows you that some people may have lives worse than you can imagine and that it's important to be kind towards everyone, no matter how they react. The Lottery Rose is about being strong and standing through pain. It's about learning to receive love, and give it. Through so much sadness, it's always important to keep people close. It showed me that some of those mean and rude people out there are just like that because there might be nobody to love them. I learned that everyone deserves to be treated with kindness. The first good thing that happens to Georgie in the story is that he participates in the local grocery store lottery and wins a rose bush. He then spends all day running around the city trying to find the perfect place to plant his prize. When it begins to get dark outside and a storm comes in, Georgie returns home. That was the night his mother and step dad were caught abusing him. At first, he stayed with the neighbors for a few weeks. Although they liked him, they didn't have the money to take care of him. They held a court case and sent him off to the nun's school where he learned what it meant to be loved and have friends. I think this is an excellent book for you
EnglishClass More than 1 year ago
My favorite chapter in the book is chapter nine. I liked chapter nine, because Georgie Burgess is trying to help Robin talk, because Robin can not, and everyone thinks he will never be able to talk. Georgie does not want to give up, because people said Georgie would never be able to read, but Georgie learned to read, and he is really good at it. One thing the author did throught the book that I really liked, was to let you know why Georgie was feeling and acting the way he was. The only thing I did not like about how the author told the story, is sometimes he used sayings or words that we really don't use today. Overall I really liked the book, because it was a story about a boy and his friends. I think this book is good for the age group of fourteen through sixteen.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read this book so many times I've lost count, but every time I read it, I discover something I hadn't noticed before. I would highly recommend this book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read the Lottery Rose for the library progam at my school. I'm now in the middle of reading it for the second time. In the middle, there wasn't a whole lot of exciting action, but still, I love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought that the lottery rose was a great book. it was riviting with a lot of feeling in it, it made me cry
Guest More than 1 year ago
the book started good but got slow by the middle, truthfully i didnt really like it! i thought there was no point but to tell a pointless story about a boy and how sad his life was. and the only reason i read it was because i had to, for school. And to tell the truth i wouldnt recomend it! thats all.. just tell my opinion!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Lottery Rose was an excellent book. This book was so great because the author did a really good job on the characters and having them well-rounded. The best part in this book has to be when Georgie wins a rose bush at the lottery. However this book has few parts that were hard to get through because they are very sad. Like when Georgie gets beaten up by his mother's boyfriend. I recomend this book to those who are in for a good cry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because it was very realistic and sad. The best parts of the book was the beginning and the end because it shows how sad his life is and how you want to just be there to help him. The book got a little slow in the middle and sort of dragged on and it also seemed like the book didn't really have a reason but besides that it was good. I would recomend that you read this book if you like sad stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was pretty good, not the best I've read, but good. There were some heartbreaking parts in it. The thing I didn't like about the book was that I guessed the ending, so it was predictable. The part I thought was the best was when Georgie won the contest, and the part I thought was the worst was when Georgie was scared of Steve. I would recommend this book because it shows you what some other people in the world go threw and what they feel like. Over all, it was a great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the book the 'Lottery Rose'. It had a really good story line and a great moral. I liked it mostly because it talked about little Georgie's life and all of the struggles that he went through. It is like some of the struggles that people go through today so there is some sort of connection there. I think that the thing I hated most about this book was having to know all of the pain and agony that this little innocent child had to go through. But then it teaches us what some people do to their children. The best part was when he got sent out to a foster home. They were so nice to him and gave him a much better life than he would have had at home. I would recommend this book to you if you really like touching stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Lottery Rose. This book is very inspirational. Also it is very true, the things that happen to Georgie in this book, happens to a lot of children and people. My favorite part in this book is when Mrs. Harper put on the Mad Hatter Tea Party play. You will be shocked at the end of the book. Read this book, it is excellent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really is one of the best books that i have ever read! I really enjoyed reading this book because it really shows emotion. Its the type of book that you never want to stop reading. My favorite part would have to be when Georgie plants his rosebush by his very close friend, Robins, grave. My least favorite part was when Robin died. It was very sad. I highly recommend that everyone reads this book! Im telling's a good one that you will enjoy.