Twelve-year-old Della Kelly has lived her whole life in Maryville, North Carolina. She knows how to pick the softest butter beans and sweetest watermelons on her daddys farm. She knows ways to keep her spitfire baby sister out of trouble (most of the time). She knows everyone in Maryville, from her best friend Arden to kind newcomer Miss Lorena to the mysterious Bee Lady.And Della knows what to do when the sickness that landed her mama in the hospital four years ago spirals out of control again, and Mama starts hearing people who arent there, scrubbing the kitchen floor until her hands are raw, and waking up at night to cut the black seeds from all the watermelons in the house. With Daddy struggling to save the farm from a record-breaking drought, Della decides its up to her to heal Mama for good. And she knows just how shell do it: with a jar of the Bee Ladys magic honey, which has mended the wounds and woes of Maryville for generations.She doesnt want to hear the Bee Ladys truth: tha...
|Title||:||Where the Watermelons Grow|
|Number of Pages||:||245 pages|
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Where the Watermelons Grow Reviews
I read this to my twins. I wasn’t sure how much they’d like it, because they usually prefer books with more adventure, but this held their interest and made them feel for the characters. It’s about Della, a girl whose mother has schizophrenia, and her challenges, fears, and growth as her mother has a particularly hard summer. The writing was beautiful, and I hope it helps my daughters develop more empathy for those struggling with mental illness and their families. Note to parents (since this is ...more
I had the pleasure of reading this book before it got a book deal. It is gorgeous. The words will floor you. They are lyrical and beautiful and packed full of emotion. The feelings are raw and real. An important book. Loved it.
I read one of the very early versions and loved the story from the beginning. The story is well told and deals with real life problems. Not just for those in similar circumstances, but for everyone from all walks of life because we all have things out of our control to figure out how to deal with in our lives. I can't wait to read it again in it's final version.
Gulped this down in one sitting on an ugly cold January night - just like Della says of watermelon, it's got the very taste of the stickiest days of July. Full of gorgeous, languid prose I could read all day!
This beautiful MG novel was one that my heart didn't know it needed. But oh, did I need it.
You see, I'm Della's mama. I don't have schizophrenia, but I have other mental illnesses, and some chronic physical conditions that limit me. I'm not the perfect mom that I want to be, that I imagined I'd be. And sometimes I worry that my kids will resent me for not being enough. For being too tired to do everything they want to. For gifting them with a genetic heritage that's going to impact their lives a ...more
This is a stunning book dealing with a difficult issue. Della Kelly's mother has schizophrenia and she's stopped taking her medicine. Cindy Baldwin deals with mental health in a sensitive way, leading readers to feel compassion for both Della and her family. It was hard to put this book down. I was as immersed in this as I was when I read Bridge to Terabithia for the first time. Highly, highly recommended.
Thanks to the publisher for the free review copy. All opinions are my own.
I noticed this morning that WHERE THE WATERMELONS GROW is rated #1 in children’s farm life books on Amazon. That description is extremely limiting, but this book is about as southern as southern gets. It reminds me in many ways of THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES by Sue Monk Kidd. You can almost hear the characters’ slow drawl and feel the hot, sticky air.
Della is indeed a 12-year-old country girl, spending her summer selling her ...more