Melanie Heuiser Hill will be coming to speak to 6th grade on Friday, October 19th at 9am in the gym.
Melanie Heuiser Hill is a graduate of Hamline University's MFA program in writing for children and young adults. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and children. Giant Pumpkin Suite is her debut novel. https://www.melanieheuiserhill.com/
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.
There's abundant warmth, humor, and heart in this charmer, and readers will root for both characters and pumpkin. A winning debut. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
In a warmhearted debut novel, Hill shows what happens when a serious-minded girl is forced to reevaluate her priorities and reach out to others...Offering distinctive characters, a relatable plot, and some useful gardening tips, Hill's story promotes connectivity in neighborhoods and communities. --Publishers Weekly
The book is a bittersweet tribute to the experience of growing up in a close-knit neighborhood; characters are written with care and depth...Fans of Sharon Creech's Moo and other books about intergenerational friendship will enjoy this book. --School Library Journal
This book is an easygoing title, highlighting the stress that goals of perfection can bring. Readers will love just how particular and grownup Rose tries to be, rejecting any bit of frivolous behavior, and they will find comfort as her community helps her ease back into the joys and simplicities of life outside of music. --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
A variety of subplots--an elderly Japanese neighbor introduces the tea ceremony and the concept of kintsugi, mending with gold; a con man convinces the group to enter the pumpkin in the Minnesota State Fair-- add depth to the novel, and Rose's earnest struggles with her precocious appearance and oddball tendencies keep a unique character from descending into twee”
If you would like to order a copy of the book the author will sign it the day of the visit.
10/20/16 Picture forms DUE
10/21/16 Retake day
11/4/16 No School for Students: Teacher Professional Development Day
11/9/16 Report Card Pick Up (no school for students)