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Delacorte Press, 1992 - 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.

Ninth Annual Delacorte Press Prize for an Outstanding First Young Adult Novel.

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good story, but most of the book is boring. The last 2 out of five hours is better and more action packed. About a girl who tries to grow a really big pumpkin while loosing weight. A nice boy incourages her too.

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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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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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