Me and the Pumpkin Queen 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 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.


About Marlane Kennedy

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Marlane Kennedy moved to Circleville, Ohio, at age eleven. She participated in many Pumpkin Show parades as a child, but never tried growing her own giant pumpkin. But after writing Me and the Pumpkin Queen, she planted her own Howard Dill's Atlantic Giant seed and grew a 250-pounder, pictured above, that took fifth prize in her local fair. Marlane Kennedy is also the author of The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes. She lives in Wooster, Ohio, with her husband and three children.
Published January 21, 2009 by Greenwillow Books. 201 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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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’être: her goal of winning the blue ribbon for biggest pumpkin at the Circleville Pumpkin Show.

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The narrative reads like a family tale told over a huge dinner, with lots of laughs, a few tears and the busy body aunt that always means well but just can’t quite find the right way to express herself without appearing… well, pushy.

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