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The Pumpkin War

Written by: Cathleen Young
Narrated by: Mary Sean Young
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Publisher's Summary

"Cathleen Young's characters will forever have a place in my heart." (Holly Goldberg Sloan, author of Counting by 7s)

Former best friends compete to see who can grow the biggest pumpkin and win the annual giant pumpkin race on the lake. A great pick for fans of Half a Chance and Gertie's Leap to Greatness.

At the end of every summer, Madeline Island hosts its famous pumpkin race. All summer, adults and kids across the island grow giant, thousand-pound pumpkins, then hollow one out and paddle in it across the lake to the cheers of the entire town.

Twelve-year-old Billie loves to win; she has a bulletin board overflowing with first-prize ribbons. Her best friend Sam doesn't care much about winning, or at least Billie didn't think so until last summer's race, when his pumpkin crashed into hers as she was about to cross the finish line and he won. This summer, Billie is determined to get revenge by growing the best and biggest pumpkin and beating Sam in the race. It's a tricky science to grow pumpkins, since weather, bugs, and critters can wipe out a crop. Then a surprise visit from a long-lost relative shakes things up, and Billie begins to see her family, and her bond with Sam, in a new way.

©2019 Cathleen Young (P)2019 Listening Library

What the critics say

"Madeline Island provides a lush setting.... The details of Billie's everyday life...are evocatively described. Billie herself is a refreshingly flawed character with lots of room to grow and change. A compelling coming-of-age story." (Booklist)

"A refreshingly bold female middle-school protagonist.... Madeline Island is the picture of idyllic pastoral life, making this an easy pick for fans of quaint small-town drama." (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)

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