“A heartwarming, funny story, filled with richness and complexity.”


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?

Pumpkinheads will be released in hardcover and paperback on Aug. 27th. You can pre-order here:

Barnes & Noble
Indie Bound

Barnes & Noble
Indie Bound

Preorder a signed copy from my local indie bookseller, the Bookworm, here.

Nice things people are saying about Pumpkinheads . . .

“Perfectly captures that feeling of the last night that’s the start of the rest of your life.”
—Mariko Tamaki, co-creator of This One Summer and Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

“Fun, funny, and wise.”
—Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese

“A heartwarming, funny story, filled with richness and complexity.”
— Kirkus, starred review

“Rowell’s genius is for creating imperfect characters with whom readers nonetheless fall in love.”
— The New York Times

“Expect this tender, sweet romance to be popular with a wide range of readers — and let’s hope this isn’t the last graphic novel collaboration between Rowell and Hicks.”
Horn Book, starred review

“The characters in this graphic novel are so expressive and authentic, it’s impossible not to love them.”
— School Library Journal, starred review

“Art by Hicks turns the sweetly witty dialogue by Rowell into a miniature autumn universe.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This lighthearted, feel-good comic will find plenty of fans.”
— Booklist