Hawkins, Aaron, The Year Money Grew on Trees. Houghton Miffflin Harcourt, 2011. 304. Language: G, Sexual Content: G, Violence: G
Jackson Jones is an industrious 14-year-old who is pressured into a contract with a senile older neighbor. His end of the deal was to get the abandoned apple orchard up and going. If he did-the orchard would be his. To pull off this impossible job, he enlists the help of his sisters and cousins. Will he succeed?
The characters are well-developed and grow. The plot is realistic and enjoyable. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a relaxing read. Readers who like historical fiction, books with strong characters, and realistic fiction will enjoy reading this book. EL (4-6). ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library.