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Marlane Kennedy

Marlane is the author of Me and the Pumpkin Queen (Greenwillow/HarperCollins, Summer 2007), a Junior Library Guild Selection.


headshot_mkennedy.jpgMarlane Kennedy was born in Waverly, Ohio, and spent her early years in the tiny community of Dailyville, Ohio. Home was a turquoise and white trailer on the bank of Pee Pee Creek, nestled among the Appalachian foothills. When her nose wasn’t stuck in a book, Marlane enjoyed catching crawdads and salamanders and exploring the dense woods out back. A family move when she turned eleven took her further north in the state to the Circleville area. Instead of a creek and hills in her backyard, she had a very flat soybean field (which she didn’t find near as interesting). However, living there did have its perks. Every October brought Circleville’s Pumpkin Show—and a downtown full of rides, junk food stands, and pumpkins of astounding size. It was this festival which inspired her first novel.

Marlane now lives in Wooster, Ohio (even further north in the state) with her husband, two sons and daughter. In a way, though, life has come full circle—once again she has a creek in her backyard and plenty of trees. On occasion, she can even be found wading in the creek while catching crawdads and salamanders. But most of the time you’ll find her reading a middle grade novel or creating one of her own.

Book: Me and the Pumpkin Queen
pumpkin_queen.jpgAll pumpkins, all the time.

Mildred is a very focused eleven-year-old. Very focused on giant pumpkins. She’s growing the giants for her mother, who got sick before she got a chance to enter the Circleville, Ohio, Pumpkin Show weigh-off herself. After four disastrous growing seasons, Mildred is hoping to finally have a flawless pumpkin to enter in the contest. As long as busybody Aunt Arlene doesn’t interfere too much…and Daddy doesn’t need too much help at his veterinary practice…and her best friend Jacob can pitch in with some last-minute help…and the dogs don’t trample the seedlings…and the weather cooperates. Readers will be rooting for Mildred and her pumpkin—a certified Howard Dill’s Atlantic Giant.

Book Info:

  • ISBN (Hardcover): 0-06-114022-8
  • ISBN-13 (Hardcover): 978-0-06-114022-8
  • ISBN (Library Binding): 0-06-114023-6
  • ISBN-13 (Library Binding): 978-0-06-114023-5
  • Release date: July 1, 2007
  • Pages: 144


“A warmhearted and genuine offering that demands little and gives much.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Readers…are likely to be drawn in by Kennedy’s straightforward narrative, as solid and unadorned as a pumpkin, yet lovely in its own way.” —Booklist
“This marvelously heartwarming story deserves a big blue ribbon!” —BookPage

Me and the Pumpkin Queen