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Dovey Coe Paperback – November 1, 2001
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Twelve-year-old Dovey has never had the slightest problem speaking her mind. But now, faced with a murder trial, she may just have to keep her mouth shut while the slick city lawyer takes care of things. It all started when the wealthy, vain, greedy Parnell takes a notion to win Dovey's older sister, trying to convince her she's too pretty to go off to college. But behind her back, he treats Dovey and her deaf brother Amos like dirt all summer long. Dovey gets in her jabs whenever she can--until the day she finds herself trapped in a back room with an irate, vengeful Parnell. Things don't look too good for Dovey when she comes to and finds her enemy dead on the floor next to her.
Southern courtroom drama, a sassy female protagonist, a misunderstood yet gentle neighborhood character, vicious and narrow-minded villains--sound familiar? Yes, there's a lot of Harper Lee's Scout in Dovey, and Boo Radley in Amos (To Kill a Mockingbird). But Frances O'Roark Dowell's absorbing, readable story of families, prejudice, love, and hate has a life all its own. Dovey is an impeccably drawn heroine, complete with Southern dialect, sturdy self-esteem, and down-home wisdom. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Hooray and huzzah! Finally, a good book for girls!
The other thing I wanted to mention is that the plot hooked me so that I read most of the book in one sitting. The book starts out by thoroughly introducing you to Dovey and her family. Once the main plot comes around, you're so involved that you can't put the book down.
Usually my daughter's taste and mine do not collide, but this year while reading Dovey we relocated some common ground. The story, about a smart but tough young mountain girl accused of murder and caught up in cirumstances out of her control, gripped both of us. My daughter found that she shared much with Dovey's tough-minded vision of the world while I found I just wanted to protect her. We stayed up well into the night reading chapters aloud to each other. Later that weekend, the book sparked a number of interesting discussions between us about justice,stubborness, pride, and how a girl should act. (My daughter actually began talking like Dovey during the weekend, which I found amusing...)
I would recommend this book to mother-daughter bookclubs. My daughter and I are both looking forward to the next book by Frnaces Dowell.
Miss Dovey Coe is accused of murdering Parnell Caraway in Caraway's Dry Goods store. All summer long Parnell visited Caroline. He asked her to marry him, but she said she would not marry him if he was the last man on earth. Parnell acts sweet on the outside, but can get real mean on the inside.
I really liked this book. I think you should read it because it's a good mystery and it's an exciting book. It is not what you would call a funny book, but it did have a little teeny tiny bit of romance. I hope you like this book as much as I did.
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This was a poignant book that has many valuable lessons for young readers.Published 4 months ago by nancy surprenant
I loved this book, but it wasn’t a definite favorite. I would re-read it (I’ve already done so a few times) because it’s so short. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alicia N.
A mix between Scout Finch and Huck Finn, Dovey Coe is a compelling character whose spirit, spunk, and honesty make her one of the best young female characters I can think of. Read morePublished 5 months ago by popy gop
Love this young adult book! Found it by accident in a thrift store, read and then promptly bought a couple to give to away!Published 7 months ago by Nturalcrls
This was a suspicious, page turning, great book. It was so good I finished it in two days. I could never put the book down. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Justin J. Mahanna
This book is great it is very inspiring and they all stick together in tough times I loved the ending and it really taught me somethingPublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
The first part was a little boring, but once you got into the book, it makes you want to read on and on until you finish. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Camcarslin
Read it it's awesome cool cool cool cool cool cool cool Amos kills him cool it's a murder mystery