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Where the Watermelons Grow: 07/26/20

Where the Watermelons Grow

Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin is told from the perspective of twelve year old Della Kelly. Her parents are watermelon famers in the South. Her mother has schizophrenia. There's a drought that is making everything worse.

This is a very slow middle grade fiction. The first third is just set up of the atmosphere. It's hot. The air conditioner is broken. It's unbearably hot and humid. Della and her baby sister can't sleep. Everyone is irritable.

Then things finally mosey into Della's introduction to the Little Free Library and her life outside of the home. It's about her love of drawing, her best friend, helping at the farm stand.

And then there's the Bee Lady and her honey. And it's supposed to fix things but the things you need not the things you want. But frankly by this time in the audiobook I was bored and ready to move on.

I think this book would have worked better for me in print. At least skimming would have been easier.

Two stars

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