Squashed by Joan Bauer

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Humor, agriculture and young love all come together in Joan Bauer's first novel, set in rural Iowa. Sixteen-year-old Ellie Morgan's life would be almost perfect if she could just get her potentially prize-winning pumpkin to put on about 200 more pounds—and if she could take off 20 herself...in hopes of attracting Wes, the new boy in town.



 

About Joan Bauer

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Joan Bauer (www.joanbauer.com) has won critical acclaim for her many books, which include the Newbery Honor Book Hope Was Here as well as Rules of the Road, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published June 2, 2005 by Speak. 204 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This year's Delacorte prizewinner answers the question, ``Is growing the biggest pumpkin in Iowa grounds for a YA novel?'' with a resounding ``Yes!'' Never losing sight of her goal, the grower--Ellie Morgan, 16--lives a rich, eventful life.

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called this first novel about a 16-year-old girl who stakes everything on her 611-pound competition-grade pumpkin "fast-paced and engrossing entertainment that startles the reader with its underlying strength."

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In the small farm town of Rock River, folks take competitive agriculture pretty seriously--and none more so than 16-year-old Ellie Morgan, who is staking everything on a massive pumpkin named Max.

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