Me and the Pumpkin Queen
  • Me and the Pumpkin Queen
  • Me and the Pumpkin Queen

Me and the Pumpkin Queen

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by Marlane Kennedy
     
 

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Mildred's Guide to Growing a Giant Pumpkin

1. Get the right seeds. These days, no one grows a Pumpkin Show winner without Howard Dill's Atlantic Giant seeds.

2. Convince your dad that having a pumpkin patch in your backyard is a good idea.

3. Make sure that your dogs stay far, far away from your seedlings.

4. Don't let your

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Mildred's Guide to Growing a Giant Pumpkin

1. Get the right seeds. These days, no one grows a Pumpkin Show winner without Howard Dill's Atlantic Giant seeds.

2. Convince your dad that having a pumpkin patch in your backyard is a good idea.

3. Make sure that your dogs stay far, far away from your seedlings.

4. Don't let your busybody aunt interfere with your "pumpkin obsession," no matter how much she wishes you were interested in boys or clothes or anything other than pumpkins.

5. Find a best friend who can help out in a pinch.

6. Never, ever, ever give up.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sharon Oliver
Eleven-year-old Mildred is determined to raise a prize-winning giant pumpkin. She has been trying for four growing seasons, only to be disappointed by stunted growth, unstoppable cracks, and a nasty incident with a fungus. Mildred's mother died before getting a chance to enter the Circleville Pumpkin Show and Mildred wants to bring home that prize more than anything else. Also involved are Mildred's veterinarian father, a generally disapproving aunt, and her best friend Jacob. What could have been a very one-note story has been fully fleshed out with characters the reader will both understand and fall in love with. Mildred is a very appealing, very real eleven year old, with eleven-year-old problems (her Aunt insists it is time for her to shop for proper female undergarments), a loving but slightly distracted father, and a singular determination to succeed where everyone has told her she will fail. When Mildred's prize pumpkin is finally delivered to the festival weigh-in, readers will be on the edge of their seats waiting for the blue ribbon announcement. This is a refreshing and uplifting story that will have wide appeal for middle grade readers and would be an excellent addition to any collection.
Kirkus Reviews
"I don't think I'm abnormally obsessive. I mean, Daddy hasn't taken me to the doctor or anything to find out for sure, so I prefer to describe myself as focused." With that promising opening, Mildred introduces both herself and her raison d'etre: her goal of winning the blue ribbon for biggest pumpkin at the Circleville Pumpkin Show. Certainly any reasonably objective observer would describe Mildred's interest as obsessive, as she spends all of her money, time and energy on her pumpkins, determined to beat the obnoxiously patronizing Grover Fernhart at the weigh-in. Newcomer Kennedy presents readers with a winsomely single-minded heroine and her lovingly supportive supporting cast, the friends and family who (mostly) give her the space to pursue her dream. Weaving unexpectedly fascinating pumpkin-horticulture facts into the tale, the narrative presents Mildred with one real opponent: her childless Aunt Arlene, who wanted to adopt Mildred when her mother died and who persists in trying to turn her into a normal little girl. The psychologizing of Mildred's grief is unsubtly telegraphed, but withal it's a warmhearted and genuine offering that demands little and gives much. (Fiction. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061140228
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/03/2007
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Me and the Pumpkin Queen MOB

Chapter One

I don't think I'm abnormally obsessive. I mean, Daddy hasn't taken me to the doctor or anything to find out for sure, so I prefer to describe myself as focused. A lot of kids my age are focused. Like Arnie Bradford. He is focused on basketball. Every time we drive by his house on our way to town, he is in his driveway shooting baskets. Even in the middle of winter. Then there is Gloria Mathis. She is all the time blathering about this teenage actor she is in love with. She cuts his picture out of magazines and plasters them all over her school notebooks.

But truth be told, they are focused on the usual kinds of things that kids all over the place are focused on. Like there are probably hundreds of thousands of fifth graders into basketball and popular actors. It just so happens that my thoughts are consumed with something out of the ordinary. Daddy isn't worried about me at all. But Aunt Arlene sure is.

Me and the Pumpkin Queen MOB. Copyright (c) by Marlane Kennedy . Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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