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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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I picked this up at the library because I LOVE Joan Bauer's books. This one was kind of dated (published in 1992 or something) and the plot dragged a bit, but had a delightful small-town charm. I ... Read full review

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4 stars is "really liked it" so I stuck with 3. I did like it but it took some getting into. I enjoyed the story but it was clearly YA fiction. Maybe it was just the wrong book for me to read at the ... 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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