Published by Scholastic Press
Summary: When Lily’s blind dog Lucky goes after Salma’s lunch, the two girls meet and become friends. Salma is part of the migrant farm community that arrives every summer to pick the wild blueberries in Lily’s Maine hometown. Although Lily has always known of this group’s existence, she’s never paid much attention to them until she meets Salma. Salma proves herself a true friend by offering to help Lily raise money to help pay for an operation to restore Lucky’s sight. In return, Lily offers to help Salma become the first migrant girl to win the annual Blueberry Queen pageant. Last year’s winner, Hannah, used to be Lily’s best friend before she became so boy crazy, and Lily finds herself with divided loyalties between her two friends. As the summer draws to a close and the pageant gets closer, Lily finds herself with more questions than answers about her relationships with her friends and family.
Pros: Cynthia Lord’s many fans will not be disappointed with her latest work. Once again, she portrays a sympathetic cast of characters faced with realistic dilemmas of growing up.
Cons: Be careful that you don’t get caught without a box of Kleenex as you navigate your way through the last few chapters.