Eleven-year-old Polly Peabody knows her family?s world-famous rhubarb farm is magical. The plants taste like chocolate, jewels appear in the soil, bugs talk to her, and her best friend is a rhubarb plant named Harry. But the most magical thing is that every single Monday, at exactly 1:00, it rains. Until the Monday when the rain just stops. Now it?s up to Polly to figure out why?and whether her brother?s mysterious illness and her glamorous aunt Edith?s sudden desire to sell the farm have anything to do with it. Most of all, Polly has to make it start raining again before it?s too late. Her brother?s life, the plants? survival, and her family?s future all depend on it.
Kathleen Van Cleve has woven an unforgettable comingof- age tale with all the heart and wonder of a Roald Dahl novel.
Kathleen Van Cleve
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There's a lot to like about this book. It's very imaginative, the characters are believable and interesting, and the story is gripping. It's not always easy to find books that my first-grader and fourth-grader will both love. I was occasionally distracted by sloppy mistakes in writing: phrases like "I shove my hands in my pockets and push my hair back, off my face" and the way the author switches between the present and past tense, sometimes in the same paragraph: "I was asleep in a second. I think I have a dream..." but my kids never noticed those, they're nothing a good editor couldn't fix, and I hope to see more from this author.
I read this with my 7 year old daughter and we could not wait to start reading every night. The story and characters are so unique, it is one of my daughter's favorite books. We had originally taken it out of the library and she loved it so much, she wanted to have a copy of her own to read over and over.
Who wouldn't love rhubarb that tasted like chocolate? the power to make rain? Its a story of learning about the power within, of loving yourself and understanding your history.
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