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Friday, November 26, 2010

Book Review: The Year Money Grew on Trees by Aaron Hawkins

The Year Money Grew on Trees by Aaron Hawkins
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The Year Money Grew on Trees
by Aaron Hawkins

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN-10: 0-547-27977-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-547-27977-0
Publication Date: September, 2010
List Price: $16.00

Review: "It will be like money growing on trees," said Jackson Jones - at least he thought. However as you can see it is unrealistic. Money comes from really hard work. The amazing writer who made it all come together and seem like money really grows on trees in the novel, The Year Money Grew on Trees is Aaron R. Hawkins. Even though Jackson is just thirteen he gets a place in agriculture working in the bitter coldness of New Mexico making money grow on trees. The weird part is agriculture is not his thing and he never even expected it! So what will he do? Will he give up? Or keep going?

I don't want to ruin the thrill of this book but in summary, Jackson is walking home and Mrs. Nelson demands that he join her for some hot coco. Then, she starts to talk about how her husband died and how she might have cancer. Jackson has not a clue what to say, so he starts dazing off looking at his surroundings. Not knowing what to say or do, drenched in tears, Mrs. Nelson comes up with the most challenging question to ask Jackson, a question that would change is life forever. Read The Year Money Grew on Trees to find out exactly what Mrs. Nelson said and why Jackson agreed to such a life changing question.

Aaron R. Hawkins is a phenomenal writer and I am so lucky I had the opportunity to read one of his marvelous novels! The Year Money Grew on Trees has so much suspense, for example when Jackson was asked that mind challenging question by Mrs. Nelson that would soon change his life forever, I could not put the book down for days! Henceforth, I rate this book an outstanding five stars. Everything was perfect and written so well. I recommend this book for eight and up because some parts might be a little hard to understand for the younger ages. If you have the opportunity please read this book! Oh by the way if you read the book you will understand the title and have the knowledge that the impossible is possible!

Review written by Zain (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing a copy of The Year Money Grew on Trees for this review.

Have you read The Year Money Grew on Trees? How would you rate it?

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