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Where the Watermelons Grow Hardcover – 3 Jul 2018

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (3 July 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780062665867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062665867
  • ASIN: 0062665863
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,030,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[Della's] first-person narration is realistically earthy without crossing into gritty. This debut novel gushes with Southern charm. This story's as sweet as Della's daddy's watermelons but never saccharine."--Kirkus Reviews

"Della's story is a reminder that even under the toughest rinds of troubles we can find the cool, sustaining sweetness of friendship."--Kirby Larson, author of the Newbery Honor Book Hattie Big Sky

"This has a tenderness that will appeal to fans of DiCamillo's Because of Winn-Dixie."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Where the Watermelons Grow takes a close look at the unpredictable and debilitating nature of schizophrenia. Baldwin writes with a genuine voice."--Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

"Where the Watermelons Grow is a spot-on, insightful novel about a preteen learning to live with and accept a parent's mental illness."--BookPage.com

★ "Della's voice will tug at readers' heartstrings as she tries to hold her family together. Middle grade stories about mental illness, particularly those that focus on empathy and acceptance, are rare. This heartfelt story will stay with readers. A top choice."--School Library Journal (starred review)

★ "Baldwin has written a heartbreaking, yet heartening, story that explores mental illness and its effects on an entire family. Readers will connect with the novel's well-formed characters and be absorbed by the plot, which pulls no punches but doesn't overwhelm."--ALA Booklist (starred review)

★ "Cindy Baldwin's graceful debut is an ode to family and community. Hints of sweet magical realism touch Where the Watermelons Grow, balancing this exquisite novel's bittersweet authenticity."--Shelf Awareness (starred review)

★ "In her debut novel, Baldwin presents a realistic portrayal of life with a mentally ill parent."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

Cindy Baldwin is a fiction writer, essayist, and poet. She grew up in North Carolina and still misses the sweet watermelons and warm accents on a daily basis. As a middle schooler, she kept a book under her bathroom sink to read over and over while fixing her hair or brushing her teeth, and she dreams of writing the kind of books readers can't bear to be without. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter, surrounded by tall trees and wild blackberries. Where the Watermelons Grow is her debut novel. Learn more about Cindy at www.cindybaldwinbooks.com.

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