Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Lottery Rose” as Want to Read:
The Lottery Rose
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Lottery Rose

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  1,945 ratings  ·  233 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
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 8th 2002 by Berkley (first published January 1st 1976)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Lottery Rose, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Lottery Rose

Harry Potter Boxset by J.K. RowlingThe Giver by Lois LowryThe Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsHoles by Louis SacharThe Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Top 100 Middle School Must-Reads
311th out of 952 books — 2,274 voters
Speak by Laurie Halse AndersonThirteen Reasons Why by Jay AsherWintergirls by Laurie Halse AndersonCut by Patricia McCormickThe Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Depressing Novels
33rd out of 88 books — 88 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 2,889)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
Valentina Salazar
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
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
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.
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!
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
I liked this book because I could connect to the main character and how he felt.
Overall, it was an interesting way to approach the subject of teacher-student bullying and child abuse, but the story could have attempted to dig deeper.
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
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
A sapy, heartbreaking, and boring book.
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
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
Drake Barreyro
Finally done.. I wouldn't truly recommend this book to anyone. Sadly there are many problems I found with this book for myself. I couldn't connect to any of the characters and how they felt most of the time. Many of the characters I thought were bland and didn't really connect with me. Plot of the story was very predictable to add in also when he first moved to the boys school and met Mr.Harper I could already tell the ending. 4/10 Did not feel compelled to read.
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
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.
Although this book is hard to read during the first part because of the abuse the boy endures, the story of his rescue, recovery, and journey to love is remarkable. The characters are unique and lifelike, lots of interesting psychology here, a talented author. Too much tragedy for young kids, but good for adults and teens.
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.
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. :)
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.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 96 97 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
fishbowl 2 31 May 05, 2010 02:35PM  
  • Storm Warriors
  • Chicken Boy
  • Jake's Orphan
  • Crossing Jordan
  • The Weirdo (Paperback)
  • The Islander
  • Blackwater
  • The Acorn People
  • Building Blocks
  • Where the Lilies Bloom
  • Ice
  • Play to the Angel
  • Toning The Sweep
  • Petey
  • Pippi's Extraordinary Ordinary Day
  • Samurai Shortstop
  • The Road to Paris
  • Come Sing, Jimmy Jo
Across Five Aprils Up a Road Slowly No Promises in the Wind William The Everlasting Hills

Share This Book