Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Me & the Pumpkin Queen by Marlane Kennedy

Mildred has a hobby--she grows giant pumpkins every year in hopes of winning a prize in the Pumpkin Show. Her aunt Arlene thinks she's addled. Why can't Mildred be interested in clothes and boys like other girls? Mildred's dad and her friend Jacob have faith in her. Could this be the year?

What I thought: A delightful book. Mildred is a likable character with a daring quest. After all, how many eleven year olds do you know who grow giant pumpkins? Following Mildred's progress was fascinating. My hat's off to Kennedy for all the research she put into the book. Me and the Pumpkin Queen would pair well with Squashed by Joan Bauer.

(Greenwillow, 2007)

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