The Vegetable Museum

  • Pages:192
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:gardening, divorce, family secrets, personal growth, heirloom seeds
  • Available:03/26/2019
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12
  • Lexile:690L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:Y
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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.

"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."
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"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
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection   | 2019  |  Commended
New York Public Library (NYPL) Best Books for Kids   | 2019  |  Commended
Ontario Library association (OLA) Best Bets   | 2019  |  Commended
The National Chapter of Canada IODE Violet Downey Book Award   | 2020  |  Short-listed
Young Readers' Choice Book Awards of British Columbia (YRCABC) Red Cedar Book Awards   | 2021  |  Nominated