I read this book as a 4th grader around 1981-82. It was about a boy who lived in a society where growing your own food was illegal. At school he had to eat hard little pink cookies that cut up his mouth. But he and his dad had a secret garden, so they always had fresh vegetables. The veggies were powerful resistance, as the state-provided food contained drugs to keep the people docile.

I remember one crisis point in the novel was when the boy’s house was searched and they found tomato seeds in the drain.



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