HUMMINGBIRD by Kimberly Greene Angle


Age Range: 8 - 12
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When confronted with loss, a pre-teen in rural Georgia learns to take nothing for granted. Growing up on a farm surrounded by acres of green watermelon and pumpkin vines, 12-year-old March Anne Tanner feels one summer’s like every other—something she takes “for granite.” Life on the Tanner farm follows the pattern of the seasons. March Anne and her two best friends in the Pseudonymphs club even change their names seasonally. March Anne’s grandmother, Grenna, has raised her since her mother died. Flitting about like a busy hummingbird, Grenna knows everything about growing watermelons, making pumpkin preserves and Tanner family history. Grenna’s unexpected heart attack during the summer triggers March Anne’s own loss over her mother. As March Anne watches Grenna decline, she must confront her past before she can accept the present. Paralleling the passing of the seasons, this debut novel tenderly portrays the cycle of life with its attendant joy and grief from the perspective of a down-to-earth heroine. Warm family fare. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: June 10th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-374-33376-8
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2008


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