By Kathleen Van Cleve
(Dial, Hardcover, 9780803733626, 368pp.)

Publication Date: March 4, 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Spring 2010 Kids' Next List
“Polly Peabody lives on a magical rhubarb farm where diamonds grow and rain falls on a schedule. But when the rain stops falling for the first time in decades, the plants begin to wither and the tourists stop coming. Polly's belief in the magic has always been unwavering - is it enough to bring the farm (and her shaken family) back to life? The only thing more magical than the rhubarb farm itself? This book.”
-- Melissa Posten, Pudd'nhead Books, Webster Groves, MO


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.

About the Author

Kathleen Van Cleve lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with her husband and two sons. She teaches creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania.

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