Teach a novel for ESL? Of course. Seedfolks has infatuated readers of all ages since 1997, and has been chosen as a Citywide Read in communities across the country. The author is Paul Fleischman, a Newberry Award winner — one of many other awards. From the very first page, students won’t fail to be drawn into this compelling tale — this work of art. The book is very short. The story is timeless. In thirteen chapters, thirteen apartment house neighbors of various colors, ages and nationalities speak in their own voices.