Seed by Caryl Lewis

Publication Date: 12 May 2022

The Blurb

Marty doesn’t have much. Unlike his mum, who has billions of things: newspapers, holey shoes, rusty lawnmowers, broken picture frames – she keeps EVERYTHING! It’s hard to leave the house. Marty does his best to look after her and wonders if anything will ever change.

But on Marty’s birthday, Grandad, with a glint in his eye, gifts Marty a very special seed. Grandad hasn’t been this excited since he invented the bum scratcher 2000 or thought he’d brewed wonder fuel from rhubarb leaves! The seed grows bigger and bigger, and launches Grandad, Marty and his best friend Gracie on an impossible, wondrous plan fuelled by love, hopes and dreams.

Cover and internal illustrations by George Ermos

The Review

What an uplifting, joyous read Seed is, packed with heart, hope, & following your dreams in the most fantastical way.

Watching Marty and Gracie’s friendship bloom was heart warming, especially the moments of magic at the whispering wall and on the beach. As a child who grew up with periods of hearing loss when my grommets fell out two or three times a year, it was a delight to meet Gracie. Her freedom when dancing feeling the music through her feet left me beaming as much as Marty and Grandad.

Marty accepts his life the way it is and uses Grandad’s coping strategy when things get tough. He is resigned to the way life is at home with Mum, having seen her promise to do better and fail too many times to believe it could actually happen. Watching him open himself up to the possibilities that life dreams aren’t just for other people brought a tear or few to my eyes.

I adore Grandad! I imagine he is at his allotment singing Happy Talk to his plants as I type. With a head full of the kind of ideas that the most miraculous inventions come from, and a heart full of love and laughter, he’s the kind of person who brightens the world of the people around him.

You’ll be rooting for Marty, Grandad & Gracie, chuckling along & heading straight out to the potting shed to grow some dreams of your own.

Great for fans of:

Huge thanks to Macmillan for sending me an early review copy.


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