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Giant Pumpkin Suite by Melanie Heusier Hill
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Who are you, if you can't be what you always expected? A moving coming-of-age tale of prodigy and community, unlikely friendship and growing things.
Twelve-year-old Rose Brutigan has grown seven inches in the last eight months. She's always been different from her twin brother, Thomas, but now she towers over him in too many ways. The gap in their interests continues to widen as well. Musically talented Rose is focused on winning the upcoming Bach Cello Suites Competition, while happy-go-lucky Thomas has taken up the challenge of growing a giant pumpkin in the yard of their elderly neighbor, Mr. Pickering. But when a serious accident changes the course of the summer, Rose is forced to grow and change in ways she never could have imagined. Along the way there's tap dancing and classic musicals, mail-order worms and neighborhood-sourced compost, fresh-squeezed lemonade, the Minnesota State Fair -- and an eclectic cast of local characters that readers will fall in love with.
I loved reading the description of this book. I was very interested in all the things - classical music, a stringed instrument player, a giant pumpkin! How does that not get your attention?! I used to play the violin a VERY long time ago, so I was excited for this book.
The book follows Rose, a twelve year old girl who is very tall for her age and a prodigy cello player. She is training to participate in the Bach Cello Suites Competition when she realizes that she might not get the fellowship that goes along with it and that would be the end of the world for her. Whist all of this is going on her twin brother is helping their neighbor grow a giant pumpkin... this all seems a little detached but it comes together really well. There is a great relationship between Rose and her brother Thomas, and they really love each other and support one another throughout the book.
Aside from the great relationship in this book, there is a big twist midway through, an accident that changes everyones plans and so the Giant Pumpkin becomes really important. I loved how 'homey' this book felt as I was reading it. I had ups and downs with the family and other characters and really wanted to see where things were going and the community feel was spot on.
I really enjoyed this book and who doesn't love to read about pumpkins in the autumn months ? It was delightful!