Hummingbird

By Kimberly Greene Angle

Twelve-year-old March Anne Tanner’s lifestyles is tied to the straightforward rhythms and cycles of the watermelon farm in Jubilee, Georgia, that she has grown up on. because of Grenna, her grandmother and surrogate mom, March Anne has realized every little thing she must find out about seeds, vine pruning, and harvesting melons and pumpkins. And even supposing Grenna has attempted to educate March Anne approximately her ancestors, March Anne has consistently been uncomfortable with the family members identify she’s been given and doesn’t like. And so, in mystery conferences deep within the woods, March Anne and her most sensible buddies shape the Pseudonymphs, whose names switch with the seasons.

When Grenna suffers a center assault, March Anne needs to face an doubtful destiny and confront her previous. in the course of all of it, a ruby-throated hummingbird comes to a decision to iciness on the Tanners’ and turns into a resource of pleasure and idea as March Anne prepares for Grenna’s passing and trips towards self-acceptance.

This candy and tangy debut introduces a memorable solid of characters who come to benefit that grace can abide inside of and past the realities of discomfort and loss.

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