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Pumpkinheads (Graphic Novel)

Written by: Rainbow Rowell
Illustrated by: Faith Erin Hicks

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Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks at the 2019 National Book Festival.

The e-book version of Pumpkinheads is designed to be read on color devices and cannot be read on black-and-white e-readers.

Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.


Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.


But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.


Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if—instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . .


What if their last shift was an adventure?

book cover: two young people, one a femme of color, and one masculine are illustrated here. Both are wearing read flannel shirts and blue overalls resting in front of a pumpkin field. Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell, Illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks.