by Julie Murphy
Following the Dolly Parton-loving, pageant-subverting book, Dumplin’, this companion novel focuses on Millie Michalchuk. In Dumplin’, Millie stole hearts as the sweet pageant hopeful with the can-do attitude. In Puddin’ we learn that every summer, Millie’s mom sends her to “fat camp.” This year Millie wants to go to journalism camp instead. Fate brings Millie and popular girl, Callie Reyes, who dreams of becoming dance-team captain, together. The two become unlikely friends while working towards their goals.