The Resource Squashed | Squashed, Joan Bauer, (overdrive ebook)

Squashed | Squashed, Joan Bauer, (overdrive ebook)

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Squashed
Title
Squashed
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Joan Bauer
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Language
eng
Summary
As sixteen-year-old Ellie pursues her two goals--growing the biggest pumpkin in Iowa and losing twenty pounds herself--she strengthens her relationship with her father and meets a young man with interests similar to her own
Title
Squashed
Creator
Summary
As a sixteen-year-old pursues her two goals--growing the biggest pumpkin in Iowa and losing twenty pounds herself--she strengthens her relationship with her father and meets a young man with interests similar to her own
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  • Books for Youth, Older Readers: Gr. 7-10. With so many YA books about kids in urban or suburban venues, it's nice to have one with a rural flavor. Set in small-town Iowa, this one earned Bauer the ninth annual Delacorte Press Prize. Delivered through the appealingly self-deprecating perspective of a 16-year-old girl, the story has anxious moments (hail storms, pumpkin thieves, squash weigh-ins), along with humor and sentiment, as Ellie Morgan describes her struggle to best odious Cyril Pool by growing the biggest pumpkin in Iowa. Her endeavors eventually catapult her from ordinariness into the limelight and forever change her opinion of herself. Bauer's made certain that there's more to Ellie than the earth under her fingernails, and supporting characters are crisply drawn--only Pool, that "dirty" villain, could have been more fully cast. The comedy makes the gardening stuff go down more smoothly, and there's a first romance, plus some father-daughter difficulty, to fill the pages as Max the pumpkin grows toward blue-ribbon size. It's a pleasant teenage success story with a welcome difference. ((Reviewed Sept. 1, 1992)) -- Stephanie Zvirin
  • Gr 6-9-- This laugh-out-loud story about Ellie Morgan, 16, and her championship pumpkin, Max, is a delight. She has two goals in life: to win the Rock River Pumpkin Weigh-In and to lose 20 pounds. Growing a giant pumpkin is hard enough, what with drought, insects, cold, and rot to overcome. But Ellie also has to fend off pumpkin thieves. And the biggest threat is arch-rival Cyril Pool, an unpleasant man who has raised a whopper named "Big Daddy." Her widowed father doesn't approve of her obsession with Max, but he encourages her diet with platitudes from the motivational tapes he markets. Her loving, no-nonsense grandmother keeps her in touch with the land and her values. Wes, a newcomer, spurs Ellie on toward both her goals. 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 statisfying conclusion. Ellie proves herself an all-around winner. So is Max, and so is this book. --Marilyn Makowski, Greenwood High School, SC
  • /* Starred Review */ This year's Delacorte prizewinner answers the question, "Is growing the biggest pumpkin in Iowa grounds for a YA novel?" with a resounding "Yes!" Never losing sight of her goal, the grower--Ellie Morgan, 16--lives a rich, eventful life. Her relationship with her widowed dad, corporate counselor and farming dropout, who comes to value Ellie's dedication to growing things, and with new boyfriend Wes, whose enthusiasm is corn but whose dedication to Max's cause comes to equal Ellie's; her vendetta with odious Cyril Pool, rival farmer--all are profoundly influenced by her commitment to bringing "Max" to his eventual 611 pounds. It's dauntingly hard work, realistically described, though the pampering of Max is also comical. There's suspense, too: pumpkins are being kidnapped as the great Pumpkin Weigh-In draws near, while Cyril's weightier monster, a threat to the finish, fails dramatically on the scales--rotten to the core. Ellie narrates with lively wit and good humor; meanwhile, nourishing themes are cunningly developed, among them the pumpkin's transitory triumph and its continuing life cycle. Delightful fun. (Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 1992)
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077129
Cataloging source
TEFOD
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[Fic]
Index
no index present
Interest level
UG
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930
Literary form
fiction
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  • 6
  • 12
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Reading level
5.5
Study program name
Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning
Target audience
adolescent
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Joan Bauer
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Squashed | Squashed, Joan Bauer, (overdrive ebook)
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4c7673d6-8c7f-42c2-aa9e-a36577aad9c9
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unknown
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online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
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multicolored
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text
Content type code
txt
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rdacontent.
Control code
ocn858976794
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unknown
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1 online resource (194 pages)
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online
Isbn
9780142404263
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computer
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rdamedia.
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c
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EB00395477
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)858976794

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