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A Garden on Top of the World

A Garden on Top of the World

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"This is the way the world is fed."

A cautionary tale with depth and humor, A Garden on Top of the World is environmental fiction that will take you to the year 2066 where Greenland is much warmer, more crowded and lacking in fresh food. 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.

16-year-old Jonnie brings together a small community on the roof of her high rise and finds a smart way to feed people. 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.

Includes resources on gardening, urban gardens, heirloom seeds and organic foods.

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.

This title is published by Dixi Books Publishing and distributed by Untreed Reads.

Available in EPUB and Kindle formats.


A Garden on Top of the World combines the dystopia of The Hunger Games with the environmental consciousness of Paul Fleischman’s landmark young adult novel Seedfolks. Aronson has knocked it out of the park with this stark, fascinating picture of Earth’s future, where growing your own food and starting an urban garden is not only a radical idea, it may just change the world.

—Debbie Reed Fischer, author of This is Not the Abby Show

 Virginia Aronson takes us to Greenland in 2066 to suggest what happens if sea levels are allowed to continue to rise. It’s not good! But amid the overcrowding and hunger, the book is also a testament to the resilience of humans. Our heroine finds a way to grow food again, something people have forgotten how to do. This may be the only dystopian YA novel that actually teaches readers how to tend a garden, a useful skill even now before the rising seas force dramatic changes to life as we know it.

—Clare Ellis, Founder, Stone Pier Press

 Set in a future that’s been shaped by rising oceans and population relocation, A Garden on Top of the World is a haunting dystopian tale that will capture the hearts and minds of readers and not let them go. In Jonnie, Aronson has created a character who’s both charming and relatable, even though the world she lives in is grim and strange. You can’t help but root for her to find herself while she navigates adolescence, family obligations, and societal and environmental obstacles. Each detail of Jonnie’s life is a believable and terrifying possible progression from where we are today. I could not put this book down. It gave me so much to think about.

—Brenda Ferber, author of Julia’s Kitchen

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File Last Updated:
January 11, 2020
This title was added to our catalog on January 11, 2020.