· Delacorte Books for Young Readers
· eBook · Ages 9-12 years
· March 12, 2009 · $4.99 · 978-0-307-49627-0 (0-307-49627-9)
Jackson Jones can't get away from roses. First his mother got him a plot at Rooter's, a community garden, where Jackson planted a rosebush of thorns and no blooms. Now Mr. K., a fellow gardener, enlists Jackson's help to rustle up some hardier, prettier, sweeter-smelling old-time roses. The kind that grow in cemeteries! But no sooner do Jackson and his good friend, Reuben, take the rose cutting home than Reuben's gloom-and-doom talk of curses seems real.
Broken bones. Poison ivy. Stinging bees. Jackson doesn't want to believe that anyone who comes in contact with the cemetery roses or cut twig suffers any of these consequences. But could it be that by taking the cutting, Jackson places his friends, Rooter's, and even himself--gulp!--under the curse of the outlaw rose?
From the Hardcover edition.
“A well-written, fast-paced adventure for early chapter book readers. Engaging characters, a unique mystery, and the familiarity of returning cast members makes this an appealing selection.”—School Library Journal
“Once again Jackson’s wry contemporary narrative packs exciting facts about plants and how they grow into a warm story of friends and neighbors.”—Booklist
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Mary Quattlebaum has written numerous novels for children, including Jackson Jones and Mission Greentop, Jackson Jones and the Puddle of Thorns, as well as the picture book Winter Friends. The author lives in Washinton, D.C..