The Bad Seed by Jory John
Posted on 04/02/2020
Photo: Book Cover of The Bad Seed by Jory John

"Even though you may have made bad choices, you can still be good."

Mary Poteet, Middle Valley Elementary  

The Bad Seed by Jory John is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by Middle Valley Elementary School. With Jory John's charming and endearing text and bold, expressive illustrations by Pete Oswald, The Bad Seed: is a funny yet touching tale that reminds us of the remarkably transformative power of will, acceptance, and just being you. Perfect for young readers, or anyone who is navigating their current world. The Bad Seed proves that positive change is possible for every one of us.

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"This is kid-book humor at its best, both warmhearted and frisky—the kind that leaves adults, too, cracking up and grateful." - New York Times Book Review 


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Hamilton Book of the Week seeks to move Hamilton County Schools closer to district goals found in the Future Ready 2023 action plan.  We hope to encourage kids to read more books for fun by sharing books popular at area schools.  

Goals more students reading will address include:

  • Reading improvement will increase the number of students on-track or mastering English language arts
  • Improve the district ACT score to a district average of 21    
  • Reach the target goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2023