Where the Watermelons Grow

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Product Details

Price
$7.99  $7.43
Publisher
Quill Tree Books
Publish Date
Pages
272
Dimensions
5.1 X 7.4 X 0.6 inches | 0.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780062665874

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About the Author

Cindy Baldwin is the award-winning author of Where the Watermelons Grow, Beginners Welcome, and The Stars of Whistling Ridge. She is a disabled activist, co-founder of Middle Grade at Heart, and We Need Diverse Books mentor. She lives just outside Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter. To learn more about Cindy, visit www.cindybaldwinbooks.com.

Reviews

"[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)
★ "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)
★ "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)