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Publisher's Summary

When Lily's blind dog, Lucky, slips his collar and runs away across the wide-open blueberry barrens of Eastern Maine, it's Salma Santiago who manages to catch him. Salma, the daughter of migrant workers, is in the small town with her family for the blueberry-picking season.

After their initial chance meeting, Salma and Lily bond over painting bee boxes for Lily's grandfather, and Salma's friendship transforms Lily's summer. But when Salma decides to run in the upcoming Blueberry Queen pageant, they'll have to face some tough truths about friendship and belonging.

Should an outsider like Salma really participate in the pageant - and possibly win?

©2015 Cynthia Lord (P)2015 Recorded Books

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Touching and beautiful.

A really good book. About a girl and her dog,friends ,problems and decisions, and about letting things go.

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One of our favorites!

Loved it. Great story and great narration. Whole family (ages 9-12 and adults) really enjoyed it.

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Its was lovey.

of the book it and the most memorable moments. I felt the book was really nice but something made me feel a little bad that's the fact that the dog is blind the fact that he couldn't do much and the fact that the little girl was too heartbroken and to think to lose him andher friends.

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Bedtime stories

My kids and I LOVE this book! it was fast! And narrating was great!! we used it for bedtimes and when we were getting ready for school!!

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great book, horrible cover

wonderful ready. once we started. The texts comes to life in your hands. Read This

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well done

loved it. please know that as one follows along Machias has a long "i" sound.

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Fluffy dog

Awesome best ending ever worth every penny salma awesome book for kids thanks for reading

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Friendship.

I loved the story about Lily and Selma its like their friendship was destined to be!

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Loved every minute. Sad when it was over

this was a wonderful book that hooks you from the beginning. Excellent story and narration.