A Garden on Top of the World
You’ll fall in love with Jonnie, a sixteen year-year-old intersex teen living in the year 2066, whose unlikely friendship with a homeless man gives her companionship, a window into the past, and the skills to survive our planet’s new reality. Global warming may have left the population overcrowded and starving, but readers will be left with hope after reading Jonnie’s journey. Fascinating, compelling, and brilliantly written, this novel will linger in your thoughts long after you’ve read it, and may even inspire you to start a garden of your own.
Title: A Garden on Top of the World
Author: Virginia Aronson
Publishing Date: January 2019
Price: £ 10.50
Purchase Link: Amazon
This is the way the world is fed.
The year is 2066 and life in Greenland is much warmer, more crowded, and lacking in fresh food. Sixteen-year-old Jonnie lives in the Relocation city of Shamed. Hundred-story high rises house extended families from American coastal cities relocated after the Sixth Sea Rise. Work and school are conducted from overcrowded apartments, and homeless people camp out in the streets.
Jonnie’s parents run a high-tech call center where family members work day and night. She shares a bedroom with her much older nieces. For quiet and privacy, Jonnie retreats to the empty rooftop.
Red is a homeless man who takes up temporary residence in a pigeon coop on the roof. After Red talks about the seeds in the birds’ droppings, Jonnie gets interested in heirloom seeds. The family business has just been awarded a lucrative contract from Monarcho, the international conglomerate that holds patents to much of the world’s seeds. Jonnie knows little about how food grows because meals come in packages ordered online and delivered by drone. Dishes are manufactured in the home using 3D printers.
Armed with a new understanding of old-fashioned garden-grown food, Jonnie is determined to create her own garden on the roof of her high rise. Along the way, she meets a former cryosphere scientist, a botanist with an urban indoor garden, and Drew and Darr, twins her own age who live in the next building.
Jonnie’s search for who she is and what she might be able to offer the world is one that will resonate with readers of all ages. The information she learns about healthy food, sustainable agriculture, and urban gardens may inspire readers to start their own gardens.
A cautionary tale with depth and humor, A Garden on Top of the World is environmental fiction for ages 12 and up. Includes resources on gardening, urban gardens, heirloom seeds and organic foods.