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4.27 out of 54.27 out of 54.27 out of 54.27 out of 54.27 out of 5 4.27 (11 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathleen Van Cleve Narrator: Maria Cabezas Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781449866723
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Author Kathleen Van Cleve delivers a promising debut with this magical novel. Eleven-year-old Polly Peabody lives on a farm like no other. It rains every Monday at 1:00 p.m., the crops taste like chocolate, the bugs can communicate, and Polly’s best friend is a rhubarb plant named Harry. But when the weekly downpours stop, and Polly’s brother grows ill, she must figure out how to make it rain again—or her family’s future could be destroyed. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With a sense of magic that recalls Ingrid Law’s Savvy…Van Cleve’s debut is emotionally subtle and action packed with a highly memorable setting.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Polly’s gradual discovery of her own strange power and the joy she takes in her ability to help those she loves best is both entertaining and gratifying.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Polly’s wry interaction with Harry and other plants and wild creatures is the best part of this debut fantasy that has an environmental slant. The water conservation message at its core will make young, activist readers cheer for Polly as she works with friends, and sometimes with enemies, to bring back the rain and save the world.”

    Booklist

  • “Van Cleve’s first novel for younger readers is sure to be an instant hit…complete with magic, mystery, and…coming-of-age with a twist. This heartwarming tale will appeal to all ages, and it is made memorable by a main character who will be missed as the story comes to an end.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “A delightfully quirky and original story with enjoyably complex characters.”

    Horn Book Guide

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 4/21/2011

    " This book was different. Good for a child that likes offbeat stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fatime | 4/14/2011

    " Really good inspiring book awesome!!!! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 4/11/2011

    " This was an amazing book! Definitly a good beach read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 4/7/2011

    " I really enjoyed this one, although I felt like it bogged down a bit about 3/4 of the way through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 AbBy | 1/30/2011

    " It was a spectacular book!!! People who want to read a book about magic then read Drizzle!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/16/2011

    " Very quirky read about a family with a rhubarb farm and the events that take place there. I liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keianna | 1/6/2011

    " its sad that her granny died "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renata | 12/20/2010

    " This a really cute middle grade book. I think it's aimed a little younger than the YA books I usually read and enjoy, so for me, 3 stars. For the appropriate age group, 4 or 5. I love all the detail in the crazy magic farm, and I did get really invested in the mysterious rainfall problem! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/17/2010

    " I just found this by accident but let me tell you that this book was amazing!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 12/10/2010

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Polly had a definite personality and a lot of fight. I really enjoyed the whole concept of a magic farm. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joenna | 11/15/2010

    " When a drought threatens her family's magical rhubarb farm, eleven-year-old Polly tries to find a way to make it rain again.

    A slow start made it hard to get into, but I really enjoyed the 2nd half of the book.
    "

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About the Narrator

Maria Cabezas has lent her considerable talents to literary works by some of the world’s top authors including Andrea Beaty, Frances O’Roark Dowell and Isabel Allende and titles including The Girl Who Threw Butterflies, Drizzle and The Second Life of Abigail Walker to name a few.