November 28, 1994 12:00 PM

by Jerdine Nolen, illus. by Mark Buehner

In the summer of ’59, a young black girl in the rural South discovers the secret of Harvey Potter’s balloon crop—and more. Buehner’s wonderfully weird illustrations so effectively evoke farm life that you’ll feel the sun on your shoulders and the prickle of hay beneath your bare feet. (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, $15) Ages 4 and up

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