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Puffin Books, 2001 - Juvenile Fiction - 194 pages
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Sixteen-year-old Ellie Morgan's life would be almost perfect if she could just get her potentially prize-winning pumpkin, Max, to put on about two hundred more pounds, and if she could lose twenty herself. With the extra weight, Max would be the shoo-in champion at the Rock River Pumpkin Weigh-In. Ellie could then become a famous pumpkin-growing personality and squash that obnoxious Cyril Pool once and for all. With a trimmer figure, Ellie would have the courage to approach Wes, the new boy in town and former president of the Agriculture Club at Gaithersville High. But with unpredictable weather threatening Max, pumpkin thieves running rampant, and Sweet Corn Coquette contestants eyeing Wes, the pressure is great as Ellie seems ready to take on the world. "Fast-paced and engrossing entertainment that startles the reader with its underlying strength." (Publishers Weekly, starred review) "Skillful plot development and strong characterization are real strengths here. Ellie's perceptive, intelligent, and funny narrative keeps the story lively right up to its satisfying conclusion." (School Library Journal, starred 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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User Review  - Anna - Goodreads

Squashed is a simple little story about a girl who loves growing. It's definitely targeted towards a younger audience, but holds up for an older audience. It holds great messages about motivation and ... Read full review


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Joan Bauer is the criticallyacclaimed author of numerous young adult novels, including "Best Foot Forward," "Rules of the Road" (recipient of the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize) and Newbery Honor-winner Hope Was Here. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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