Friday, December 25, 2009

Top 10 before 2010: The Sweetheart of Prosper County

The Sweetheart of Prosper County
--Jill Alexander

Austin Grey has a dream. The kind of dream that makes you not able to concentrate on anything else until it is accomplished. The kind of dream that makes your mom think your crazy and finds you caring for a rooster in the middle of the night... wait, what?

Austin Grey's dream is to be a hood ornament in the annual Christmas parade. In her East-Texas town, this is the equivalent to being crowned Miss America and it would make Austin completely untouchable, even by the most annoying bully in town. There's a lot to this prize, however, including joining the Future Farmers of America, raising livestock, getting the FFA members to like her and winning a prize at the fair. But Austin is determined to do it and she is going to need all the help she can get.

That's how the book really becomes a winner. Not only do you root for Austin, but you begin to root for all her friends and family as well. Her mom, the owner of the local hardware store; her best friend Mirabel, whose culinary skills are far beyond her years; even the members of the FFA who show that they've got more going for them than knowing how to shear a sheep. The Sweetheart of Prosper County introduces you to an entire town full of people who you can't wait to get to know better and a main character who is definitely a winner, whether she knows it or not.

Check out this hilarious and charming book by Jill Alexander and get ready for a trip to East-Texas and a visit from a Bantam Rooster named Charles Dickens.





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