Spring has sprung and the orchard crew tries their hand at matchmaking in this final novel of a sweet series about the bonds of friendship.
The orchard is putting on a Valentine’s Day dance! And the town is once again totally involved. Lizzie and her friends have been tasked with decorations. When all four of them go into town to buy them, they see Sheriff Hadley and Sarah’s mom kissing beside a building! Sarah is shocked. But she’s the only one. Lizzie tries to comfort her but then to her surprise, Sarah is thrilled! She’s so thrilled in fact, she wants to hurry them along. She wants a proposal. And she wants the gang’s help to get it. Lizzie is unsure—she thinks people should be able to do what they want. But Sarah is her best friend, so…
Meanwhile, Lizzie has been taking singing lessons. She hates them—she’s really not that good. But her parents decided she needed to “find her voice” and thought this was a great way to do it. Lizzie doesn’t want to hurt their feelings so she doesn’t say anything.
Sarah gets the gang to scheme ways to hint to Sheriff Hadley and her mom that they all know they’re together and they want them to get married. Now Lizzie’s really uncomfortable. Why doesn’t Sarah just talk to her mom? To make matters worse, her friends come up with an idea of a romantic moment at the Valentine’s Day Dance that involves a proposal and…a singing Lizzie.
Can Lizzie find the courage to put a stop to all this? Or is she going to face her worst nightmare?
Hello! I write chapter books, middle grade books, and YA books (under the name M.C. Atwood), and teach creative writing and publishing at Rowan University. I LOVE doing all of that. And when I’m not writing or teaching, I’m going to haunted houses, eating (dairy free!) ice cream, and/or diving into magical worlds feet-first. I’m also hanging out with my two cats–and by hanging out, I mean doing whatever they say. What? They talk to me! That’s normal. . . right?
Natalie Andrewson is a comic artist, printmaker and illustrator. She’s made short form comics with Peow Studio, Shortbox and BOOM! Studios. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Hazlitt, and The New Yorker and she’s done narrative work for Cartoon Network, Dreamworks, Titmouse and Oculus. She likes to make Risograph comics and prints and attend comic festivals in her spare time. The Nutcracker and the Mouse King is her first graphic novel.
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