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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!
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
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
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.
Abraham Alvarez
I recently read “The lottery Rose” by Irene Hunt and the book take at a school. The main character is Georgie and the other character are grandfather, Sister Mary Angela, Mr. Collier,and Timothy. Georgie is a kid that love flowers and he gets a rosebush, and he gives it all of his love, and caring he never had. The conflict is that at school he got bully because he like flowers, and the Miss Cressman didn’t like Georgie because he doesn’t read the words on the brand, and he did something bad. A...more
Rachel
I loved the Lottery Rose. It is a story filled with friendship, hope, and forgiveness. I felt as though I could really relate to this book. When I have had tough times in my life there have been angels there to help and lift me. There have been people that have helped change me. Throughout the book Georgie begins to change, because he is loved. This book taught me so many lessons, but the one most of all was that love can change anyone's heart.
Jody
My mother was a Junior High English teacher and she would always give this book to the students in her class who were "readers." If any of them asked my mother to recomend a good book to read,s he would always have a copy of this book on hand to give away or lend out.This book will bring emotions to you that you never thought you had. At times this book will bring a smile, at other times it will bring tears to your eyes. The title of the book may not be so eye catching, but you have to take a ch...more
Tasia
I remember having read this in middle school, but I don't remember liking it all that much. No star rating, since my middle school mind can't compare to what I'd think now, and I haven't reread it yet.
Leah
There are always those books you end up reading somehow that are so good and yet somehow make you feel so horrible about the human condition. That's the way The Lottery Rose always is. Rereading it for the first time since fifth grade, and all I did was cry the whole time. Poor Georgie and the life he is forced to live, to the point that the only good thing in his world is a rosebush. It should never come to that.
But then that same rosebush becomes the symbol for what the spirit of a child can e...more
C
I read this book when I was a young teen and I remember being moved and upset about the action in the book. I felt the same way when rereading it. What I found this time was how the book was written and the perspective it takes. The book is written from a variety of viewpoints and they quickly change in a paragraph. It feels a lot like when you are listening to a storyteller audibly telling a story, one minute the storyteller is the narrator and then the next they are the main character etc. The...more
Heather
The moving story of a boy named Georgie who suffers from unspeakable abuse at the hands of his alcoholic mother and her boyfriend Steve. When Georgie wins a rosebush at the local grocery store lottery, he wants nothing more than to find a safe, healthy place to care for and raise his new plant. When social services gets involved, Georgie goes to stay at a boarding school where he learns a great deal about himself and his heart as he befriends the local nuns and the family across the street. In t...more
Mona Chen
I think it was a really good book but I felt bad when steven kept hitting George but I felt happy when George found a place to live.
Linda Hart
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.
Pam Cowperthwaite
I read this book because one of my fifth grade book clubs is currently reading it. The story is about a child who is horribly abused by his mother's boyfriend. The only thing he enjoys in life is looking at the roses in a flower book. Then, by chance, he wins a rosebush in a lottery drawing. Though he soon faces the worst beating he's ever received, his life starts to take a turn for the better. I enjoyed this story of survival and forgiveness very much. However, I was confused by the change in...more
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