Seedfolks in about twenty minutes before falling asleep and it was the perfect bedtime story. The seedfolks of the title are members of a Cleveland neighborhood that turn a vacant lot into a garden, while turning themselves into friends. I kept waiting for a major conflict to spring up, but the characters' troubles are mainly in the past, or at least begin to heal from their time in the garden. This lack of turmoil is refreshing.
In only 69 pages, Paul Fleischman is able to inhabit thirteen different characters from many different backgrounds. This would be an excellent novel to read with students who are struggling with characterization in their writing. It would partner really well with any unit on tolerance, as well as with the recently reviewed Vive La Paris. I love the idea of inundating students with books about community building and reaching out to neighbors.