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Speak, 2005 - Juvenile Fiction - 194 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Rizal - Goodreads

Despite of how funny and 'weird' this book was, I found out that this book really inspirational and good. A girl who devoted her time and energy for her pumpkin named, Max. She raised it like her ... Read full review

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User Review  - Emily - Goodreads

What a fun book! A cute, quirky little novel about a girl who's three main wishes are: 1. Grow the biggest pumpkin and beat her rival. 2. Lose weight. 3. Gain the affection of corn grower Wes. With ... Read full review


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Joan Bauer, critically acclaimed author of Newbery Honor Book and Christopher Award-winner Hope Was Here, has written numerous books for young people, including Sticks, Rules of the Road (winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize), Backwater (a Smithsonian Magazine Best Book), Stand Tall (an ALA Notable Book), Squashed (winner of the Delacorte Press Prize for First Young Adult Novel), and Thwonk (an ALA Best Book for Young Adults). She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at her Web site at www.joanbauer.com.

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