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The Lottery Rose

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,150 Ratings  ·  280 Reviews
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
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 8th 2002 by Berkley (first published January 1st 1976)
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Patty
Oct 12, 2014 Patty rated it it was amazing
One of my most vivid reading memories is being completely crushed by this book when I was in junior high. I remember sitting on the floor of my bedroom and sobbing uncontrollably, grateful that I was reading it at home rather than at school.

I've recommended it to many students over the years, but the book has become harder and harder to find. It's been weeded out of my local library in favor of more recent titles, so I decided to buy a copy or two for my classroom library. When the book arrived
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Estephanie
Mar 09, 2009 Estephanie rated it it was amazing
This book was great not just because it had many details in it, but because of the story that is being told. A little kid being abused by his own parents and not having anyone else but her drunk mother that beat him up everyday was horrible. Til one day his life changed drastically when he won a bush of roses in a lottery. The roses was all he had. His life changed for good til that day. He didn't have to stand his mother beating him anymore now he had people that loved and care for him now. I l ...more
Joe
Apr 16, 2013 Joe rated it liked it
Reread this to a class of seventh graders because they wanted to read something sad. When we finished, they looked at me like "That's it?" Bunch of heartless kids.
Gabriella Reed
Jan 11, 2016 Gabriella Reed rated it liked it
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Objective Summary: The Lottery Rose is by Irene Hunt, and It's placed in the 1970’s, and it starts off in the city, but later changes. The book is about a boy named Georgie who gets abused by his mother and her boyfriend, Steve. Georgie wins a rose bush at a grocery store lottery, and becomes very close to it, but when he takes it home, Steve beats him with a chair leg and he passes out. He gets sent to a school house in the country, and he tries to plant the rose bush in the neighbor's garden, ...more
Aubrey H
Apr 04, 2016 Aubrey H rated it really liked it
My fourth book is called The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt. This book is Young adult fiction. The story takes place in Florida, and it's about a boy named Georgie who is abused by his mother and her boyfriend. He pushes through, and avoids his mother and her boyfriend as much as possible. Although he is mistreated, he finds that flowers calm him down, and take him to his happy place. Georgie later wins a rosebush at his grocery store and takes care of it, because this is something that he's never h ...more
Linda Hart
Apr 24, 2014 Linda Hart rated it liked it
Not her best book. It is an uncomplicated, "sweet" but unlikely story with unlikely characters and unlikely resolutions. It is a message of hope, but it drags a little. I like Irene Hunt's books but this one disappointed.
Violet
Jun 04, 2008 Violet rated it did not like it
A sapy, heartbreaking, and boring book.
Thi
Jul 20, 2008 Thi rated it it was amazing
This book tells short story about a little boy, Georgie, who is abused by his mother and her boy friend. The boy lives in a miserable life and he tries to hide the hurt and his sadness. He is ashamed when being with the others. He likes flowers so much and when he wins a lottery rosebush from a grocery, he gives his all love to the flowers. He is sent to a house when there are many boys living. He is safe there and learn new experiences in his life: recieving and offering love.

This book is very
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Kate
Aug 06, 2015 Kate rated it liked it
This was a book I remembered from my childhood mainly because the teacher who was reading it to our class sobbed so hard through the last chapter that I went 30 years without actually knowing how it ended. I bought it with the intention of giving it away to a specific young person, but decided to give it a quick read in case it was below her reading level or a little to "on the nose" in subject matter. (It's about a boy who is horribly abused, almost beaten to death by his mother's boyfriend, an ...more
Josiah
Dec 04, 2014 Josiah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How do I review as incredibly powerful a novel as this, one I firmly believe should have won the 1977 Newbery Medal even with Mildred D. Taylor's Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry in the mix? Irene Hunt's The Lottery Rose is almost for sure one of the top five books I've ever read. It's the sort of novel that changes a person forever; I can't imagine anyone giving it a thoughtful read and ever being the same again. The Lottery Rose deserves the complete review treatment from me, forging paragraph af ...more
Willa Suggs
Apr 07, 2014 Willa Suggs rated it it was amazing
As an adoptive mother of children who have been abused and neglected this little fellow touched my heart as did his hesitancy to allow himself to be loved. A very quick read. Worth the time.
Marianna V.
Feb 22, 2016 Marianna V. rated it it was amazing
This was amazing book, this book put me into tears. Had incredible story to tell and had sad events but amazing thematic statement to tell at the end.
Callie
Oct 27, 2009 Callie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERRYONE
Recommended to Callie by: tonz of people
I picked up this book because I remembered a few people recomending it to me a while ago. I was a little bit skeptical, because it seemed old. Not like Pride and prejudice old, just old. I know I shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but I cant help it. I usually go for the books with bright happy covers, and whiter pages, with bigger print. This one seemed dull and yellowy... But I am so glad I ended up reading it. This book was amazing. I love the detail the author puts into it. I cried several ...more
Macy Neader
Jan 08, 2016 Macy Neader rated it did not like it
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Nicole
Jan 08, 2016 Nicole added it

-Objective Summary-
In The Lottery Rose, Georgie is a young boy who lived in an abusive home where his drunk mother and her boyfriend beat him. One day he gets beat so badly that Georgie wakes up to find himself with a broken arm and strangers all around him. He is then sent to a boarding school, along with a rose bush that he won in a lottery. When he gets there he wants to plant it in a private garden but the owner says no. Georgie starts to hate this woman, but in the end, Georgie and the lady
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Bekka F
Jan 08, 2016 Bekka F rated it liked it
The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt is about a young boy named Georgie who was living in a home where his mother and her boyfriend beat him. Georgie was threatened that if was to tell anyone that this was happening at home he would be killed. Georgie won a rose bush in a drawing at the nearby grocery store. His parents were then caught and his mother's boyfriend was taken to jail. Georgie was moved to an all boys private school taught by nuns. He and his rose bush were well taken care of. There was a ...more
Valentina Salazar
Jan 31, 2015 Valentina Salazar rated it liked it
A boy named Georgie lives with a mother who has a boyfriend that comes over and physically abuses Georgie. One day, Georgie wins a rosebush; when he gets home that night, Georgie gets beaten and passes out in the process. The next morning he wake up to find himself laying down on the couch with a nurse attending to his wounds and an officer asking him questions; Georgie gets sent to live with one of his good friends, who's an adult responsible for Georgie winning the rosebush in the first place. ...more
Isabel
I love that this book tackles some difficult concepts in language that is accessible to young people.

But the same thing that makes this book unique also waters down many of its other themes. IH faces the child abuse issue head-on. Georgie is terrorized and traumatized by his childhood experiences. We follow him on his road to healing.

The road is fairly direct and predictable. I suppose younger readers need that comfort. But would the rage that IH describes in Georgie really dissipate that compl
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Erik E
Aug 29, 2014 Erik E rated it really liked it
The Lottery Rose had a rhythm. It went from ups and downs real quick in a turn of events. I wish the book would have been a little longer! I wanted to hear more about the characters and the aftermath after the turn of events.

This book takes place in Tampa, Florida. It doesn't take place in the present but a little ways down the road. It was creative seeing the way that the main character develops through all the twists and turns the story threw at him. It was a unique point of view that you see
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Debbilyn
Jul 19, 2008 Debbilyn rated it it was ok
This book had a good number of tragic events and some heart warming ones. It was recommended by a teen who read it several times a year and it is her favorite book. She is a very sensitive girl who had a number of huge medical challenges and likes to work with speical needs kids. Definately not an adult book and I would be careful who I would recommend it to because of the tragedies involved.
Stephen
Apr 10, 2008 Stephen rated it it was amazing
I read this book in the 6th grade and it has stuck with me since. It is a very sad and depressing story with many happy moments spread throughout. This was the first novel that made tears literally pour from my eyes. I even remember the day walking into class after reading the last chapter. If only people of the world would read this and realize what is actually happening it this world.
Maggie Mallory
Jul 10, 2008 Maggie Mallory rated it it was amazing
If you liked "A Child Called It", then this book is for you. As for me, I hate reading books about child abuse like this one. It actually makes me physically ill. It has a good ending, and towards the middle, it gets heartfelt, and wonderful. Not many books can make me cry at the end, but this one did. Actually a really good book when you get towards the middle. I loved it!
Whitney
Objective Summary
This book is about a boy named Georgie who gets abused by his mother and stepfather. At school he talks back to teachers and gets into fights. A clerk at a grocery store gives Georgie a lottery ticket. He won a Rosebush! He runs home super excited but when he got home he isn't happy to see his stepfather. His mom's boyfriend beat Gorgie with a chair leg. Georgie passed out from the beating. Gorgie is sent somewhere with good foster parents.
My personal feelings and opinions to t
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Sara
Mar 29, 2016 Sara rated it it was amazing
Oh this book will haunt me forever! I cried several times as I read this story. You know each part as it's coming, but it still wrenches your heart in to pieces when you read each tender moment.

I do not want to spoil the book so I won't. It's a quick read and you won't be able to put it down.

The cast of characters:
Wise nuns
Abusive boyfriend to Mom
Alcoholic Mother
Caring, but pushy Bestie Timothy
Kind Neighborly Grandpa
Loving Down's Syndrome child
Grieving neighbor Mother
Foster Mom/Dad
Judge O'Ne
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Salsabrarian
After years of physical abuse at the hands of Georgieâs motherâs boyfriend, Georgie is sent to live at a boys home run by nuns. The one light in his life is the rose bush he won in a drawing and that he is determined to plant in the Harperâs garden across the street because it is the only right place for it. But after Mrs. Harper tears out the rose bush, Georgie harbors a hatred for her, even as he comes to befriend her mentally disabled son Robin and Robinâs grandfather. He is unaware that she ...more
Salcarla
After years of physical abuse at the hands of Georgieâs motherâs boyfriend, Georgie is sent to live at a boys home run by nuns. The one light in his life is the rose bush he won in a drawing and that he is determined to plant in the Harperâs garden across the street because it is the only right place for it. But after Mrs. Harper tears out the rose bush, Georgie harbors a hatred for her, even as he comes to befriend her mentally disabled son Robin and Robinâs grandfather. He is unaware that she ...more
Chantell T
Jan 08, 2016 Chantell T rated it it was amazing
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Tracy
May 06, 2015 Tracy rated it liked it
Shelves: abuse, bullying
A math teacher (a self-described reluctant reader) told me that when she was earning her teaching degree one of her professors used this book as a read aloud and everyone was crying so much no one could continue reading... I think this would have been a four or maybe even a five star book in 1976 (when it was published), but in 2015 I'm giving it three stars. A lot of it is absolutely still relevant (unfortunately), but the word retarded is used (as it was back then - I remember) on an official ...more
Kyjaiya Doud
Jan 08, 2016 Kyjaiya Doud rated it really liked it
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Emily
Jan 08, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it
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