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category: Children's Fiction
published: March 2019
publisher: Orca Book Publishers

The Vegetable Museum

by Michelle Mulder

tagged: multigenerational, recycling & green living, city & town life

Thirteen-year-old Chloë left her whole life back in Montreal, including her mom and her best friend. Now she's stuck in Victoria with her dad and her estranged grandfather, Uli, who recently had a stroke. When Chloë agrees to help Uli look after his garden, she's determined to find out why he and her dad didn't speak to each other for years.

For decades Uli has collected seeds from people in the community, distinct varieties that have been handed down through generations. The result is a garden full of unusual and endangered produce, from pink broccoli to blue kale to purple potatoes.

But Chloë learns that the garden will soon be destroyed to make way for a new apartment complex. And the seed collection is missing! Chloë must somehow find a way to save her grandfather's legacy.

About the Author
Michelle Mulder is passionate about books, bicycles, children, and chocolate. This is her third book for children. She has lived in Halifax, Montreal, and Vancouver. She and her husband are now living happily in Victoria, B.C.
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
9 to 12
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
Editorial Reviews

"The Vegetable Museum follows a family and its unique heirlooms—vegetable seeds from all over the world 'that all mean something to somebody somewhere.' It is a heartfelt story of family history, memory and food security—as engaging and contemplative as a sun-dappled garden."

— Alison Hughes, Governor General's Award–nominated author of <i>Hit the Ground Running</i>

"In this story of family, friendship, loss, love, forgiveness, and hope, Mulder also introduces readers to the little-discussed topics of heirloom vegetables, seed banks, and gardening."

— Booklist

"Scenes of Chlo&euml and her grandfather are poignant and realistic and might even spark some agricultural interest in middle-graders…the characters are warm, and the concept of seed vaults is made wonderfully personal. Families are complicated, but gardening usually isn't."

— Kirkus Reviews

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