- The Lottery Rose
name = The Lottery Rose
Berkley, sompo Books, Scribners, Berkley Publishing Group, Perma-Bound
Berkley- January 8, 2002, ( Hardcover-- 1996)
* Tempo Books-
1978, ( Paperback-- 1984)
Berkley Publishing Group- 1992
Audio CD( UNABRIDGED). Publisher: Recorded Books ( 1996)
"The Lottery Rose" is a novel by
Irene Hunt, (A Winning Newbury Award Author).Fact|date=November 2007 It was published in 1976. This book is sometimes recommended for middle school children and up. Fact|date=November 2007
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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 book he treasures.
When Georgie wins a small rosebush in a grocery store lottery he gives it all the love and caring he has never had. Georgie's life begins to open up for him when the courts send him to a home for boys where he will be safe. Slowly, and not without pain, Georgie learns to give - and receive love.
Georgie, a young boy in Tampa, Florida, is neglected by his alcoholic mother and physically abused by her boyfriend, Steve. He in turn expresses his anger at those around him, especially in school, where he engages in disruptive behavior and vandalism. He and his teacher loathe one another and Georgie's learning difficulties are a subject of ridicule by the other children.
The only soft spot Georgie has left is a love of flowers, and one day he wins a rosebush in a grocery store drawing. When he takes it home to show his mother, he finds Steve there and begins screaming in terror. Steve beats him and almost kills him, but when Georgie comes to, he finds the police have intervened just in time. Georgie is taken to a boys' school run by nuns.
At first, Georgie experiences trouble fitting into the place. However, under the patient and nurturing tutelage of the nuns, he begins to soften and change. Through it all, his main worry is for his rosebush, which he has brought with him. In searching for a place to plant it, he discovers that the home across the street from the school has a large flower garden. However, when he attempts to place the rosebush there, he is chased away by the woman of the house.
Georgie changed emotionally in many different ways such as when he had no friends with his mother Rennie Burgess, he had no friends because he was called retarded. On the other hand at the all boys’ school he made many friends. And before with Rennie nobody cared about his rose bush now at the all boys’ school everybody cares about his rosebush. When Steve gave Georgie all those wounds ever since then he was scared to tell anyone about what he did until he told his friend named Timothy. Timothy is another boy at the all boy school who understands Georgie. Georgie meets a young boy named Robin who cannot speak, except for a few words that Paul (his brother) taught. Mr. Collier happens to be Robin's grandfather and Georgie encourages him (Robin) to speak more.
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