Liz decides to plant a flower garden and win a blue ribbon for her garden at the Troublesome Creek picnic. She finds out it's tough growing a flower garden, persuading those stubborn seeds to sprout and strut their stuff. Sallie's flowers have won the blue ribbon 4 years in a row, which is not a fact that Sallie allows the others to forget. Would Sallie do just about anything to make sure she wins again? Liz is about to find out and so are you.
Nancy, the author, grew up in Kentucky where storytelling is a way of life. Every evening after supper, her father entertained the family with humorous stories, each time embellishing a little more. Her mother encouraged her to write stories, even before Nancy could read. Nancy would peck away on an old Royal typewriter, writing nothing but jumbled letters and numbers, but her mother would it aloud as an actual written story. These things got Nancy on the road to a world of books where characters become so real they practically step off the pages. Nancy, all grown up, considers her love of writing a gift of the spirit from her parents.