The Year Money Grew on Trees

The Year Money Grew on Trees

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With frostbitten fingers, sleepless nights and sore muscles, 14-year-old Jackson Jones and his posse of cousins discover the lost art of winging it when they take over an orchard of 300 wild apple trees. They know nothing about pruning or irrigation or pest control, but figure it out they must--if they are to avoid losing $8,000 (because of an unfair contract). With spot illustrations for mechanical-loving readers--the gears of a tractor, a plow with disks--and with mathematical calculations of the great mount of money to be earned, this novel has the sort of can-do spirt and sense of earned independence not often found in today's fiction.
Publisher: [United States] :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2010.
ISBN: 9780547528366
0547528361
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AlgonquinYouthServices Apr 15, 2013

Jackson Jones makes a deal with his grouchy next door neighbor, Mrs. Nelson: if he can restore, care for and harvest a crop of apples in her neglected orchard AND earn at least $8000 dollars, he can keep any remaining profits and she will give him the orchard. Jackson even gets a lawyer to draw up the contract, just in case his sneaky neighbor tries to trick him.

With his contract in hand, Jackson recruits his sisters and cousins to help him bring the orchard back to life. The kids don’t know anything about running an orchard, but with the help of a library book and some advice from neighbors they are determined to make it work. What’s even more amazing is that they do it without their parents discovering what they are up to. Before he knows it, Jackson is on his way to become a super businessman. This entertaining book is illustrated with diagrams and peppered with horticultural facts. ~Alexa Newman, Youth Services Librarian

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Oct 29, 2010

I really enjoyed this book overall. There were very, very few moments when I wanted to skim over the prose to “get on to” the next part. The main character, Jackson, is a fairly well-developed, dynamic character that the reader can easily sympathize with. Hamilton does a good job placing the story in time without ever actually coming out and saying when exactly it takes place. From pop culture references to “The A-Team” and Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and “Beat It,” the observant reader can place the story in the 1980s. However, the story holds the same significance whether one catches onto these context clues or not. Each character has a distinct personality that adds to the story. The development of the rugged band of cousins and siblings into a team displays the value of teamwork and the role that each person plays.

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