Squashed (R/I) (Paperback)

By Joan Bauer

Speak, 9780142404263, 208pp.

Publication Date: June 2, 2005



Humor, agriculture and young love all come together in Joan Bauer's first novel, set in rural Iowa. Sixteen-year-old Ellie Morgan's life would be almost perfect if she could just get her potentially prize-winning pumpkin to put on about 200 more pounds--and if she could take off 20 herself...in hopes of attracting Wes, the new boy in town.

About the Author

Joan Baueris the author of thirteen books for young readers.Joan's first novel, "Squashed," won the Delacorte Prize for a First Young Adult Novel. Five novels for young adult readers have followed: "Thwonk," "Sticks," "Rules of the Road"(LA TimesBook Prize and Golden Kite), "Backwater"and"Hope was Here"(Newbery Honor Medal).""The Christopher Award was given to both"Hope was Here"and"Close to Famous, "whichalso""received the Schneider Family Book Award. Joan is the recipient of numerous state awards voted by readers.

"School Library Journal"says, When it comes to creating strong, independent, and funnycharacters, Bauer is in a class by herself.

Joan Bauer lives in Brooklyn, New York.Visit her at www.joanbauer.com.