Where the Watermelons Grow
Fans of The Thing About Jellyfish and A Snicker of Magic will be swept away by Indies Introduce author Cindy Baldwin’s debut, Where the Watermelons Grow, about a girl coming to terms with her mother’s mental illness.
When twelve-year-old Della Kelly finds her mother furiously digging black seeds from a watermelon in the middle of the night and talking to people who aren’t there, Della worries that it’s happening again—that the sickness is back. That her mama is going to be hospitalized for months like she was four years ago.
With her daddy struggling to save the farm, and her mama in denial about what’s happening, Della believes it’s up to her to heal her mama for good. And Della knows just how she’ll do it: with a jar of the Bee Lady’s magic honey, which has mended the wounds and woes of Maryville, North Carolina, for generations. But when the Bee Lady tells Della that the solution might have less to do with fixing Mama’s brain and more to do with healing her own heart, Della must find a way to learn to truly love her mother, sickness and all.