Cindy Baldwin

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Cindy Baldwin is a Carolina girl who moved to the opposite coast and is gamely doing her part in keeping Portland weird. As a middle schooler, she kept a book under her bathroom sink to read over and over while fixing her hair or brushing her teeth, and she dreams of someday writing just that kind of book. Her debut middle grade novel, WHERE THE WATERMELONS GROW, received multiple starred reviews and was an Indies Introduce title, Indie Next pick, Bank Street Best Book of 2019, and Washington Post KidsPost Summer Book Club selection. Her second book, BEGINNERS WELCOME, will be published February 11th, 2020.

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Average rating: 4.16 · 1,889 ratings · 487 reviews · 3 distinct worksSimilar authors
Where the Watermelons Grow

4.14 avg rating — 1,673 ratings — published 2018 — 6 editions
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Beginners Welcome

4.32 avg rating — 215 ratings — published 2020 — 7 editions
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The Stars of Whistling Ridge

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating — expected publication 2021 — 3 editions
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Cast Your Votes In The 14th Annual Baldwin Pumpkin Carving

(Nope, you can't vote for the cute middle pumpkin, no matter how much you may want to.)


2020 has been quite the year, amirite? I don't know about you, but over the last few weeks, I've felt the intensity of these last ten months building toward a stressful climax, a vote that will determine my family's happiness for the coming days...


The 14th Annual Baldwin Pumpkin Carving Contest! 


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More of Cindy's books…
“You might have to live with this fear inside you for a long time.”
Cindy Baldwin, Where the Watermelons Grow

“It was going to be okay, because even if I didn’t have my own mama right now, I had a life—and a town—full of other mamas who were looking out for me.”
Cindy Baldwin, Where the Watermelons Grow

“No sickness in the world could make my mama’s love for us less real. And none of us had to get through any of it on our own.”
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What book should we read in August?

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  13 votes 7.9%

the Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor (write-in)
 
  7 votes 4.3%

Where the Watermelons Grow (write-in)
 
  5 votes 3.0%

The Unforgettable Guinevere St. Clair (write-in)
 
  3 votes 1.8%

Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages (write-in)
 
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Until tomorrow Mr. Marlsworth (write-in)
 
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Just like jackie (write-in)
 
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Just Like Jackie (write-in)
 
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Night Garden by Polly Horvath (Canadian/American dual citizenship) (write-in)
 
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