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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.

Publisher: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2010.
ISBN: 9780803733626
Characteristics: 358 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jun 26, 2012

It's the talking communicating plants and talking spelling insects that always get me. Drizzle is infused with the kind of magic that makes its reader young again. Possibilites abound in the farm where the luminous, imaginative setting is skilfully offset by Polly's memories, both sad and happy, of her grandmother, along with a few choice flashbacks to lay the farm's background into the story's foundation.

With the setting and its importance in place, we turn our attention to Polly. A marvelously real gal, she appeals to our sympathies in the best way, as she talks of her own isolation, her "weirdness". It's her quirks that make her so likeable, in fact; we've all been that weird girl or boy, ostracized by the rest of the world.

Basford is a fabulous secondary character. He's not exactly a foil to Polly, as they're both shy, but their interactions are authentic and also helpfully illuminating. Best part? No romance. (I'm starin' at you, Savvy by Ingrid Law.) As well, the whole family is shaded in 3D: the father's scientific research; Aunt Edith's deliciously ambiguous intentions; siblings Patrica and Freddy adding comic relief and drama, respectively.

The line of the plot is a straight line downwards -- not in terms of interest level, but in terms of direness. It's a steady stream of bad news, which makes the plot less than interesting; this means Polly receives bad news repeatedly rather than her actions triggering higher stakes, so it's a good thing we've already decided to like Polly. A twist on the ending -- a magical one, of course -- ensures readers will emerge equally satisfied and happy.

Jun 04, 2012

loved it, any suggestions for others like it?

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Jul 09, 2014

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