In Fruit of the Vine, we meet Justin, a sensitive, introspective boy whose physical features and personality make him a convenient target for many of his cruel peers One night, he wakes to find himself on a mysterious island, which is inhabited by a horde of bizarre creatures Despite his desperation to find out where he is and, importantly, how to get home, he becomes involved in the plight of Irvino, a beast who is ostracized on this island much in the way that Justin is in his own world The story ends with a twist as Justin, in helping Irvino, ends up helping himself by making a lifelong friend out of Irvino In essence, the protagonist of Fruit of the Vine saves himself by saving his savior, but not in typical fashion Fruit of the Vine is unique from other books in the fantasy genre in that it is meant not only for the grade school aged fantasy reader, but also for anyone interested in the topic of bullies, and how altruistic qualities can develop in children Reviewed by Anne Marie Reynolds for Readers FavoriteFruit of the Vine by Ellen Weisberg tells the story of Justin Justin is a quiet, shy boy who is frequently targeted by his peers because of his looks and his sensitive personality One night he wakes up to find himself not at home in his bed where he should be Justin appears to be on an island full of strange creatures and, despite desperately trying to get back home, he gets involved in helping Irvino You see, Irvino is in the same situation that Justin is in, picked on and ostracized Justin feels drawn to him, kindred spirits in very different worlds By helping Irvino, Justin helps himself to recognise what true friendship is and to see that being different is never a bad thingFruit of the Vine by Ellen Weisberg is an amazing story The subject of bullying is a highly emotive one these days we live in a cruel world and it seems that children can be far brutal than adults Ellen tells us how one young boy changes from being a shy introvert to a outgoing person through a dream The book is exceedingly well written and easy to understand I feel that it shouldn t just be for children This is a book that should be read by parents, children, and teachers alike The illustrations add a great deal to this story and they tell their own story as well I truly believe that there should be books like this and that they should be made compulsory readingtp farmerswiferambles


9 thoughts on “Fruit of the Vine

  1. Tim Tim says:

    Love, love, LOVE this book Being the father of an 8 year old son that gets bullied, this has brought him out of his shell I would like to thank the authors for bringing me and my child closer My son not only loves the serious aspects of this book, but laughs every time I read it to him I m very impressed also with the illustrations Very unique and colorful, they paint the picture of book.


  2. Martin Martin says:

    A good fantasy for children, with fun characters, clever writing, and a heartwarming ending As a bonus, a good example of what it means to be a true friend in the face of adversity.


  3. TammyJo Eckhart TammyJo Eckhart says:

    The story of Justin, bullied at school and wanting a fantasy escape is powerful and probably very common He might be in middle school but that is unclear The type of physically bullying seemed unusual but symbolically plays out in the fantasy section of the story The art however is crude, almost childlike, and not in an endearing way at all I found it detracted a bit from the otherwise important story That s disappointing because based only on the text, I could see a school using this book The story of Justin, bullied at school and wanting a fantasy escape is powerful and probably very common He might be in middle school but that is unclear The type of physically bullying seemed unusual but symbolically plays out in the fantasy section of the story The art however is crude, almost childlike, and not in an endearing way at all I found it detracted a bit from the otherwise important story That s disappointing because based only on the text, I could see a school using this book as a step to address the wrongs of bullying


  4. Mary Small Mary Small says:

    I love this story I was rooting for the hero from the very beginning Just two pages in, I was ready to cry at his sadness and self loathing By the middle, I was cheering his generosity And the ending was as satisfying as the beginning was heart rending The characters are memorable even the snake haspersonality than many human literary figures The vivid descriptions and illustrations bring each scene to life And the theme of bullying is timely This is a short read, but it packs a b I love this story I was rooting for the hero from the very beginning Just two pages in, I was ready to cry at his sadness and self loathing By the middle, I was cheering his generosity And the ending was as satisfying as the beginning was heart rending The characters are memorable even the snake haspersonality than many human literary figures The vivid descriptions and illustrations bring each scene to life And the theme of bullying is timely This is a short read, but it packs a big punch


  5. Jenn Jenn says:

    I received this book as a free gift from the author The book was advertised as a book on bullying which we all know is the hot buzz word today As a middle school librarian I was confused why this book would be advertised to my age group The story line seem simple the drawings even so The conflict resolution seemed to only support the concept of bullying as well as was oversimplified.If I was to use this book I would use it as an example, not a lesson to teach My hope would be to I received this book as a free gift from the author The book was advertised as a book on bullying which we all know is the hot buzz word today As a middle school librarian I was confused why this book would be advertised to my age group The story line seem simple the drawings even so The conflict resolution seemed to only support the concept of bullying as well as was oversimplified.If I was to use this book I would use it as an example, not a lesson to teach My hope would be to have students create arealistic, YA book