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The Vegetable Museum
By (author): Michelle Mulder
9781459816794 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational Mar 26, 2019
$10.95 CAD
Active 5 x 7.5 x 0.5 in 192 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection 2019, Commended New York Public Library Best Books 2019, Commended OLA Best Bets—Top Ten 2019, Commended
Family secrets never stay buried for long.

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.

Michelle Mulder is the founding author of and has written six other titles in the Footprints series—Pedal It!, Brilliant!, Every Last Drop, Trash Talk, Pocket Change and Going Wild. Michelle has also written the novels The Vegetable Museum, Not a Chance, Out of the Box, After Peaches and several other books for young people. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit

Key Selling Points

Stuck with her estranged grandfather, who is recovering from a stroke, Chloe learns about her grandfather’s childhood and of the heirloom seed library he’s building.

Standalone middle grade fiction with themes of heirloom seeds, guerrilla gardening, gambling addiction, and ailing grandparents.

Even when everything feels too hard to bear, good things can grow.

Author is experienced middle grade writer who has written six Orca Footprints titles with a focus on environmentalism for kids including Every Last Drop (April 2014) and Trash Talk (Apr 2015). Most recent title is Going Wild (Mar 2018).

Michelle Mulder’s previous middle-grade novel, After Peaches, was nominated for the
Chocolate Lily Award, the Bolen Books Children’s Book Award and the Rocky Mountain Book Award.

Marketing and Promotional Plans

Print and online advertising campaigns

Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences

Extensive ARC distribution, including LibraryThing Early Reviewers and NetGalley

Blog and social media promotion

"Scenes of Chloë 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

"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 Hit the Ground Running

"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

"A science or biology teacher could use this book…[it] does a good job of exploring the joys and importance of gardening." - School Library Connection

"The Vegetable Museum is not just a middle-grade novel, it is a testament to the power of a garden to bring generations together. It might even inspire some future gardeners! Mulder has created a love story for families, a tribute to the ability of seeds growing more than just plants. Wishing there had been more than 181 pages." - Resource Links

"An engaging middle school novel about family relationships…There are powerful lessons about coping with adversity." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"A deeply satisfying story about family, friendship and the power of community." - The Globe and Mail

“A great story about the complicated relationships between parents and children.” - Kiss the Book blog

“This heartwarming story will engage and entertain young readers. It is well written and tells an honest story about family and relationships, and values.” - Must Read Literature: K thru 12

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Also Available

Pocket Change Michelle Mulder 9781459809666 $19.95 CAD Sep 13, 2016
Trash Talk Michelle Mulder 9781459806924 $19.95 CAD Apr 01, 2015
Every Last Drop Michelle Mulder 9781459802230 $19.95 CAD Apr 01, 2014


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