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The Lottery Rose

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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...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 8th 2002 by Berkley (first published January 1st 1976)
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Patty
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...more
Estephanie
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
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.
Thi
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...more
Willa Suggs
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.
Callie
Oct 27, 2009 Callie rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Erik E
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...more
Kate
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
Debbilyn
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 Nardi III
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
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!
Mackinzie Hoskins
I absolutely loved this book! The reason I loved this book so much was that I could easily get emotionally involved with each character especially Robin and Georgie. Another reason that I loved this book was that I could connect the book to my life and other books that I have read, not because it was apart of the assignment but because it brought up memories of other books and my past. The last reason that I loved The Lottery Rose so much was because it kept me interested from beginning to end....more
Peyton Alphinator
this was an interesting bookI liked it just a few minor problems,such as some writing errors where sometimes pages didn't have any paragraphs.But still a great book great story about his hardships and what people think of him.I think it teaches us not to judge a book by its cover his teacher thought he was stupid even though he was a very smart person.Also how the boys in the home helped him overcome the problems he has had in his life all they had to do was give him a chance to achieve greatnes...more
Hannah
My best friend gave me this book to read after reading it herself and choosing to assign it to her 6th grade class later this year. As far as 6th grade required reading goes this book is top notch and honestly even for recreational adult reading it's damn good. Georgie is a pretty cool kid, but any kid with an affinity for flowers is cool in my book. He had a tough life but with a little luck it turns around for him and he really gets a chance to find himself. Witnessing his transformation was w...more
Violet
A sapy, heartbreaking, and boring book.
Ashley
3.5 stars
Oscar R
It started when a 10 year old called Georgie had found a lottery ticket. He had won first prize and got a beautiful rose. He loved roses and flowers. He had a family but that didn’t make him happy. Georgie had a hard life, even though his mother wasn’t there for him, he had decided to run away from that place. Then he had to go to a foster home. He didn’t like it, but it was the only place to live.
When Georgie had bad memories of his bad childhood, he would get out a rose book that was given to...more
Amber Eck
The Lottery Rose is about a young boy who wins a Rose in the grocery store lottery. However, one night, while at home, his mother's boyfriend, who beats him, shows up and looks directly at the young boy. The boy screams and the man begins to beat him. The cops are eventually involved and the young boy wakes up on the couch, a nurse looking over him. Apparently, the man beat him with a chair leg. A funny part happens here. The boy asks for his rose plant, but the janitor says he threw it out to t...more
Rebeca Medrano
This book was really good but a bit sad to read. It was slow at first, but I think it was worth it in the end. The way the book ended was not expected, but I think thats whats really good about this book. It's a bit hard to read because of the type of stuff it includes. I really liked this book, and I'm glad it was a choice for me to read.
Cailey Grimball
I think it's messed up how someone could do that to a child. Georgie has gone through a lot being how old he is. I have never seen someone so dedicated to something as much as he is. I'm glad he got the rose bush in the garden like he wanted maybe it can and will help his health knowing that his rose bush is doing well.
Gahee Lee
For me, the first few chapters were pretty interesting. But as the story went on, it was very hard for me to go on with the story because of how boring this book was. In my opinion, I would not recommend this book to anyone. Like any other books this book has no catcher or hook. it does not get addicting at all.
Erin Clawson
The Lottery Rose was an okay book. It was interesting, but the ending was really sad and i didn't like it. But overall the book was good. The reading level was pretty low, and i wouldn't recommend it if you like to read long books. The book never really got boring and I always wanted to read the next page. :)
Huntjo
Jan 31, 2011 Huntjo added it
The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt was the worst book I have ever read in my entire life on this Earth. I read this book in one day. Nit because I liked it, but because I wanted to finish the worst book on Earth and get it over with. I want to say that I only read this for Battle Of The Books, otherwise I would have put it down after the first 2 pages. The plot was extremely sad and angering, and very poorly written. It might be a classic, but it's one of those boring, sad, and evil classics written...more
Yujin Han
I thought that the book was overall very good. I liked how it had me pulled in to the book. The plot was very interesting and not like any other book that I have read. The book went straight to its point and didn't drag on. There was tragic and happiness and the story line was really fun to read about.
Eleanor Slocombe
I thought the book was very deep, it showed a lot of emotion. I really liked it because it showed what really happens in this world. Truthfully this book showed my how lucky I am not to have cruel parents. I suggest EVERYONE reads this, I thought I was going to hate this book but I really loved it.
Shastina (Sassy) Henderson
I've read multiple books that are based around child abuse. Fiction and Non-Fiction both.

None of the others I've read have made me feel as emotional as Lottery Rose.

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Jenny
My 12 year old brought this book home from school - an assignment for his "gifted" class, but was complaining about it so I read it. He had been assigned the first two chapters and didn't like was he was reading. I agree it wasn't fun. The story is about a young boy who is physically abused by his mother and her boyfriend. By the end of the 2nd chapter he has nearly been killed. Not a happy story. But I talked with my son about learning/living vicariously and not ignoring the evil of the world....more
Rebecca
Georgie survives horrific abuse at the hands of his mother and boyfriend, but a ray of light enters his life when he wins a rosebush in a supermarket contest. Through his rescue and recovery, both Georgie and the rosebush heal, grow, and find a home.

Recommended grades: 6-9.
Madison Busch
Lovely, moving story. Made me feel like I was there experiencing the things Georgie did. Somewhat boring in my opinion. I enjoyed knowing what all the characters thought instead of just one. i recommend this book to all middle school readers looking for a good book.
Camilla U
This book was "alright". It did not have many "wow" moments. I rated it 3 stars because this book was not the most boring book, because it did have some interesting parts especially at the end. This is a good book. I recommend to people that want to read this book.
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