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Sweet Review From Booklist

Check out this sweet review of THE SWEETHEART OF PROSPER COUNTY.  Thanks Booklist!

Fourteen-year-old Austin Gray has a goal to be in next year’s No-Jesus Christmas Parade, and she has a plan to get there: she will win the Prosper County Fair Poultry Competition next summer and become the Future Farmers of America Sweetheart. First, though, she has to convince her mother that her Christmas present must be a bantam rooster. First-time novelist Alexander offers a delightful, funny story about teenagers living in a West Texas farming community. The memorable characters include reigning FFA Sweetheart Sundi Knutt; Austin’s archnemesis, Dean Ottmer; gorgeous farm-boy and possible boyfriend Josh Whatley; and best friend Maribel, a Mexican American dynamo filled with ethnic pride and joie de vivre. The adults in the book are equally rich and authentic, from Austin’s capable but grieving widowed mother to the sleazy Big Wells mayor to bighearted Cajun Lafitte Boudreaux. Austin’s year of added responsibility and independence make for a substantive, enjoyable coming-of-age novel that will speak to rural and urban readers alike.

— Frances Bradburn


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Aug. 20th, 2009 10:49 am (UTC)
Congratulations! I'm so glad to hear what the book is about -- I had trouble finding a short synopsis a couple of months ago -- and I can't wait to read it! Jeni
Aug. 20th, 2009 11:52 am (UTC)
Congrats, Jill!!! (exclamations intended) Very nice write-up.

Aug. 20th, 2009 12:50 pm (UTC)
Ah! Lovely, Jill.
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