Hummingbird by Kimberly Greene Angle

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Twelve-year-old March Anne Tanner’s life is tied to the simple rhythms and cycles of the watermelon farm in Jubilee, Georgia, that she has grown up on. Thanks to Grenna, her grandmother and surrogate mother, March Anne has learned everything she needs to know about seeds, vine pruning, and harvesting melons and pumpkins. And although Grenna has tried to teach March Anne about her ancestors, March Anne has always been uncomfortable with the family name she’s been given and doesn’t like. And so, in secret meetings deep in the woods, March Anne and her two best friends form the Pseudonymphs, whose names change with the seasons.

When Grenna suffers a heart attack, March Anne must face an uncertain future and confront her past. In the middle of it all, a ruby-throated hummingbird decides to winter at the Tanners’ and becomes a source of delight and inspiration as March Anne prepares for Grenna’s passing and journeys toward self-acceptance.

This sweet and tangy debut introduces a memorable cast of characters who come to learn that grace can abide within and beyond the realities of pain and loss.


About Kimberly Greene Angle

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KIMBERLY GREENE ANGLE grew up on a small farm in Georgia, and now lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina.
Published May 27, 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 255 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Growing up on a farm surrounded by acres of green watermelon and pumpkin vines, 12-year-old March Anne Tanner feels one summer’s like every other—something she takes “for granite.” Life on the Tanner farm follows the pattern of the seasons.

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Take a secret society, a hawk-tracking boy, a hummingbird in winter and plunk them down in a watermelon patch and you have the makings of a wonderful coming of age story.

Jul 24 2008 | Read Full Review of Hummingbird

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