In the book Drizzle by Kathleen Van Cleve, eleven-year-old Polly Peaboy lives on her family’s rhubarb farm. You must be thinking that living on a rhubarb farm must be boring, but the Peaboy’s farm is far from ordinary. At the farm, the rhubarb tastes like chocolate, it rains on the farm exactly at 1:00 p.m. on Mondays, and diamonds sprout from the ground.
On one unusual Monday, it stops raining and a ripple effect of unfortunate events happened afterwards. The plants start to wither, and her older brother, Freddy, gets a deadly, peculiar illness. Realizing that she is the only person who could save the farm and Freddy, Polly must believe in herself and be brave enough to do it. Although she does not realize this, Poly is the savior of her farm and must carry out this huge task.
I thought this book was average. The story was sort of slow and dull. It got a little boring in the middle because of Polly’s personality. The plot could have been better if some inconsequential events were eliminated. Overall, I would recommend this book to anybody who is looking for a magical, whimsical book about rhubarb plants (just kidding… there’s much more to the book than only rhubarb plants).
-Anmol K., 7th grade