When she gets up one night to get a glass of water because it is soooo stinking hot, Della doesn’t expect to see her mother up, picking black watermelon seeds out of the juicy slices from the refrigerator. But it scares her. Because her mother is talking like she did years ago when her mother had to go away to the hospital because she was real sick.
Della is terrified that she’s losing her mother to the illness again, and as more and more things begin to point to that conclusion, Della and even her father, appear to be just fine not mentioning it to anyone else. Della’s best friend since birth, Arden, keeps asking if there is something wrong, but to say it means there is, in Della’s mind.
And because Della believes her mother is sick because of her, and the drought that is plaguing Maryville, North Carolina where she lives is consuming her Dad’s mind what with the farm at stake and all, Della searches for a way to fix her mom before it is too late.
Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin shows how one idea can grow and grow until it takes over everything and how we all take on more blame for things than we should!
Recommended for grades 6th and up.