the lottery rose summary

Sample Summary Plot of The Lottery Rose

Book Summary of The Lottery Rose , by Irene Hunt

  • Georgie: Young boy
  • Rennie Burgess: Georgie’s mother
  • Steve: Mother’s boyfriend
  • Timothy: Georgie’s friend
  • Robin: Georgie’s friend
  • Molly Harper: Woman who lives across from school
  • Mr. Collier: Molly’s father, Robin’s grandfather

This story takes place in Tampa, Florida, where young Georgie is neglected by his mother (an alcoholic) and his mother’s abusive boyfriend, Steve. Georgie lives a tough life, and he experiences a number of problems at school because of his anger issues and learning difficulties. Because of this, he is often ridiculed by his peers.

We soon learn that Georgie does have one comfort in life, which comes in the form of flowers. When he wins a rosebush in a grocery store drawing, he is ecstatic and searches for nearly a day to find somewhere to plant it.

Unable to find a suitable location, he returns home, only to be brutally beaten—almost to death—by Steve. Steve and his mother are taken away by the cops, and Georgie is hospitalized.

A woman from the grocery store offers to look after Georgie while they look for a suitable home, and when he goes to live with her, he is sent to a new school. At his new school and in his new home, he learns to be a healthy human and finally starts to feel happy.

After moving to this new place, his primary concern is with the rosebush, which he kept with him. He is still searching for the perfect place to plant it. Finally, he discovers that the house across the street has a flower garden; however, when he attempts to plant it there, the woman who lives there, Molly Harper, chases him away.

At his new school, Georgie makes friends. He opens up to one of them, Timothy, and talks to him about the hardships he faced at the hands of his mother and Steve. He meets another friend, Robin, who can’t speak. He can only say several words that his brother has taught him. Molly Harper’s father, Mr. Collier, is Robin’s grandfather. Georgie encourages Robin to speak more, and, through this friendship, Georgie becomes closer to Molly Harper.

The story has a tragic end when Robin drowns while trying to feed some ducks. After Robin dies, Georgie plants his rosebush in its final resting place at Robin’s grave.

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The Lottery Rose Summary & Study Guide

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The Lottery Rose Summary & Study Guide includes comprehensive information and analysis to help you understand the book. This study guide contains the following sections:

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The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt focuses on the difficult life of a young boy faced with domestic abuse. After he is taken out of his abusive situation, he must heal himself with the help of new friends and people who care for him. He also learns how to forgive and not quickly judge others.

Georgie Burgess is a seven-year-old boy living in Tampa, FL. At school Georgie seems gruff, mean, and bullish. He talks back to teachers and gets into fights. Quickly the reader learns that Georgie is abused by his mother and stepfather. One day, while at the grocery store, Georgie is given a lottery ticket by Mrs. Sims, a clerk. Georgie feels as though he will definitely win. When the lottery drawing occurs, Georgie wins a rosebush. He is extremely excited by his prize. He runs home with his rosebush and is upset to see Steve, his mother’s boyfriend. Steve beats Georgie with a leg of a chair. Georgie passes out from the brutality of the beating. When he wakes up, he is helped by a policeman and a nurse. Georgie is sent to live with Mrs Sims and her husband as their foster son. The court then decides Georgie should be sent to a boy’s school.

Georgie arrives at school and meets Sister Mary Angela, a kind nun, who runs the school. He also meets a new friend, Timothy. Georgie was allowed to bring his rosebush to school. He gets excited when he sees a beautiful garden in which he wants to plant his rosebush. Everyone tells Georgie he may not plant the rosebush in Mrs Harper’s garden. Mrs Harper lost her son and husband in a terrible car accident. The garden is her only memory of them, so she allows no one from the school to disturb the garden. Georgie does not listen. He sneaks out of school one night and buries his rosebush in Mrs. Harper’s garden. The next day Georgie discovers that Mrs. Harper has ripped his plant out of the ground. He marches back to the garden and begins replanting the bush when Mrs. Harper approaches Georgie. As she yells at him she sees the scars from his beatings. Georgie passes out from a fever.

Georgie must spend a lot of time recovering from his wounds. He learns through Tim and Sister Mary Angela that Mrs Harper is sorry and has replanted his rosebush. Georgie is also visited by Robin and Mr. Collier, Mrs. Harper’s son and father. Mr. Collier decides to teach Georgie to read. Time passes and Georgie gets to know Mr Collier and Robin better. He acts like a big brother to Robin. Mrs. Harper decides to pay for Georgie’s tuition at the school and to go to Georgie’s choir show. Georgie is slow to forgive her, but slowly realizes that he likes (maybe even) loves Mrs. Harper like a mother. Just as Georgie feels he can completely forgive her, disaster strikes. Robin wonders into a pond and drowns. Mrs Harper and Georgie grow closer through their own mutual losses.

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