Drizzle AUTHOR Kathleen Van Cleve review ë 104

Summary Drizzle AUTHOR Kathleen Van Cleve

Drizzle AUTHOR Kathleen Van Cleve review ë 104 ´ [PDF / Epub] ❤ Drizzle ✅ Kathleen Van Cleve – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk 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 plOlly 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 coming of age tale with all the heart and wonder of a Roald Dahl novel. Polly Peabody knows that her family’s rhubarb farm is something special even something magical They grow Giant Rhubarb that is helping close the hole in the ozone and chocolate rhubarb that tastes like a sweet but is a vegetable They have a lake that you can’t drown in no matter how long you hold your breath a castle to live in and gems sprout from the ground And every Monday at 100 pm exactly it rains But then one Monday it doesn’t And other things start to go wrong on the farm The rhubarb begins to wilt even though it is being watered by hand The umbrella ride fails when people are riding it A strange fog is starting to cover some of the farm It is up to Polly to find out what is causing the damage and save their farm To do that she will have to face her fears uncover family secrets and trust in the magic of the farmThis enticing tale is a pleasure to read Van Cleve has created the farm of childhood dreams filled with dessert that is healthful carnival rides friendly bugs animated plants and much She writes with a light friendly tone that never gets bogged down in elaborate descriptions or overwriting which is a fear with books of this sort Instead she allows the magic to shine and the imagination to soarPolly is a great protagonist who is painfully shy bullied at school and yet one of the most fascinating people you could meet As she learns that she is much braver and skilled than she ever dreamed Polly begins to let others into her world and make friends Yet it is not that simple and her struggles with self reliance family secrets and friendships make for great coming of age story materialA large part of the book’s appeal is the tension between the magical and the mundane Polly has to face school and all of its pitfalls as well as the desperate situation of her home and family farm While magic is involved it actually makes Polly’s personal life outside of the farm difficult The tension of classmates news reporters and magic make this book very specialHighly recommended this book is perfection for fans of Savvy by Ingrid Law It would make a wonderful classroom read and will be happily devoured by children who enjoy a lot of chocolate with their rhubarb Appropriate for ages 9 12

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E Monday at exactly 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 P. Okay So usually this is the part of the review where I tell you what the book is about except I’m not sure how to succinctly summarize Drizzle It is and I mean this in the best possible way unlike any other book I’ve ever read That was what attracted me to it The truth is I can’t even really tell you that much about it without spoiling the whole thing and I don’t want to do that Mrs Van Cleve has crafted a work of stunning originality and you owe it to yourself to put Drizzle on your reading listWelcome to Rupert’s world famous rhubarb farm It is a place different from any you’ve ever encountered Mrs Van Cleve never specifies that Oompa Loompas don’t work there and I prefer to imagine they do The rhubarb grown at Rupert’s farm tastes like chocolate but it’s still a vegetable so your parents can’t get mad Some of the rhubarb is grown for medicinal purposes and shows tremendous promise as a cure for cancer among other ailments And there’s giant rhubarb that’s really helping out with the hole in the ozone layerBut I haven’t even told you the most interesting parts If Hogwarts were a farm it would be Rupert’s Rhubarb Farm It’s a popular tourist destination and it isn’t hard to see why There’s a full scale version of the White House on the premises and if that doesn’t do it for you check out their castle There’s also a certain Dark House that may or may not be haunted And there’s a giant “peace” maze to wonder through and an umbrella ride It rains every Monday at 100pm except the one Monday it doesn’t Oh and get this there’s a lake in which no one can drown One boy managed to stay underwater an entire hour and was just fineAll of these fantastic revelations about the farm take some telling and it is worth noting that the main conflict of the novel isn’t really introduced until page 75 which is practically waiting until the seuel as far as the pacing in middle grade novels goes And that’s the thing that really got me jazzed about Drizzle Kathleen Van Cleve brazenly breaks all the rules and displays uncommon courage for a middle grade writer and she pulls off everything Her book were it in the hands of a lesser writer often flirts with disaster but Van Cleve’s got the chops to make it rain as it wereFor starters Drizzle is 358 pages which puts it in YA range according to many standards but the main character is eleven and the book is recommended for grades 4 6 clearly upper middle grade or tween range I won’t pretend to understand how Van Cleve pulled off all of her tricks but as for how she got away with delaying until page 75 to introduce the main plot when so many of us labor to work it in by page 5 that I get Now to be fair she does foreshadow the main plot and she opens the novel with this sceneBut then on one rainy Monday afternoon the twentieth of September I found her lying faceup in between the P and E of the PEACE maze The toes of her silly slippers pointed up to the gray sky as rain washed over her cheeks I turned to see that all around us the rhubarb plants swished their wide green leaves over their heads pointing to her body The lake began to roar as if there were a windstorm even though there wasn’t I turned back to Grandmom and beggedPlease wake up please wake upSee what I mean Fearless And the first line of the novel is “The mist is back” So there is a hook and the reader is carefully drawn into world of the story But otherwise Van Cleve spends 75 pages introducing us to Rupert’s Rhubarb farm and the mysterious nature of the place is so compelling you won’t even notice the main plot though hinted at hasn’t started She uses the time to introduce characters all of them memorable and themes she’ll spend the novel discussing one of the central ones being science versus mysticism—fascinating stuff for a middle grade novel or any novel Our heroine is plucky contrarian Polly Peabody an eleven year old after my own heart; after everyone’s heart You’re going to love her She’s shy sometimes arrogant at others a genuine hero and readers will definitely identify with her I want to talk about her most controversial action in a moment but that means I’m going to enter spoiler territory so I’ll go ahead and finish the review first Drizzle is a great book and you don’t want to miss it It’s funny and an all around good time but there’s plenty of substance as well Go order your copy read it and then come back for the rest of this blog post in which I spoil something major and discuss Van Cleve’s prose style Those of you still reading I warned you There is an element in Drizzle a little like a standard Disney cartoon There are dragonflies and rhubarb plants that communicate with Polly through body language and they are her friends the way Ariel has that singing crab or Belle has that talking candlestick One rhubarb plant in particular Harry is Polly’s best friend Harry is no throw away character He is a genuine best friend to Polly She shares her secrets with him and they have a true relationship She even introduces him to other characters He’s a rhubarb plant but he’s personified and is a character in the story I have long been of the opinion that it takes far courage to be controversial when writing for children than when writing for adults Kids are much tougher than adults often give them credit for but don’t tell that to some parents or teachers For crying out loud people in this country protested Harry Potter In the adult fiction world one has to write American Psycho to generate controversy but write one gay character into a popular children’s book and national headlines are made When at last the main plot is introduced—the farm is up for sale and the plant life is revolting—Polly becomes very upset She goes to her friend Harry for answers and believes he has betrayed her So she shreds him I’m not talking like hurts him a little No She rips him limb to limb until he is murdered and there is no Harry left She feels very guilty afterwards and her remorse is a major motivation later And this is a magic farm in which no one ever drowns so there’s at least a chance Harry the chocolate rhubarb might be brought back to lifeStill this is an event that will divide readers I think Not kids Kids will be fine with it But it may upset some parents to read a book in which the eleven year old protagonist commits such a violent act And it is brutal As I think you can surmise from the “finding Grandmom’s body” scene I reproduced earlier Van Cleve isn’t handling the reader with kid gloves She doesn’t condescend nor does she revel in being intentionally nasty She simply tells the story in the most effective way possible I for one loved the scene in which Polly shredded Harry I laughed and laughed partly because I was so shocked and partly because I have always prayed for a children’s story in which one of those annoying cutesie wootsie sidekicks is horribly mangled More though I truly admire the courage of Van Cleve’s convictions She didn’t truckle She told the story she wanted the way she wanted something we don’t get to see nearly enough of And the scene works It flushes out some of the most interesting aspects of Polly and it is integral to the plot But it will offend the delicate sensibilities of some adults I’m sureOkay I see that this review is too long so I’ll stop here Except I really want to praise Kathleen Van Cleve’s writing style Her prose is funny and often lyrical while clear and effective There are many passages I highlighted and would like to reproduce here but what struck me most is her use of white space The book is 358 pages it’s true but it doesn’t feel like it This is because of freuent paragraphing and use of white space The pages fly by and I bet young readers are thrilled by how uickly they’re able to read a big book I’m going to leave you with this passage that I think really best illustrates how Van Cleve uses white space to increase suspense and the pace It of course can be found on page 75We both turn to the Umbrella at the same time People are screaming ScreamingI don’t understand at first But I look closer and see the people on the individual swings spinning around out of control—I hear the clickclickclick of the rising Umbrella shaft relentless unstoppingI’m close enough that I can see Chico waving his hands like a banshee behind the controls I look up to the Umbrella again just as the platform seems to slip just a little and the screams become even awful The UmbrellaIt’s stuck Visit me at WWWMIDDLEGRADENINJABLOGSPOTCOM to read an interview with the author as well as other writer interviews and book reviews

Kathleen Van Cleve ò 4 review

Drizzle AUTHOR Kathleen Van CleEleven 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 singl. Clever premise for a book but I did not finish this I am so bothered by continuity errors poor grammar and poor editing that I have lost faith in the storyteller p15 I shove my hands in my pockets and push my hair back off my facechokengtitiktitikchokeng54 55 Freddy removes his sweaty shirt and tosses it to Basford to wash On the next page same conversation Freddy denies he has a fever and pulls his shirt away from his hot skinchokengtitiktitikchokeng71 For once I didn't run to Freddy's room last night though Does it really make sense to have 'for once' and 'last night' in the same sentence p91 This morning when I come down for breakfast Beatrice showed me the front page of the local newspaper