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"My name is Dovey Coe, and I reckon it don't matter if you like me or not. I'm here to lay the record straight, to let you know them folks saying I done a terrible thing are liars.... I hated Parnell Caraway as much as the next person, but I didn't kill him."

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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The 12-year-old title character narrates this first novel, in which she attempts to set the record straight about the death of her sister's suitor. PW called Dowell "an author well worth watching." Ages 9-12. (Nov.) n

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 980 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689846673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689846670
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Frances O'Roark Dowell is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Dovey Coe, which won the Edgar Award and the William Allen White Children's Book Award; Where I'd Like to Be; the bestselling Secret Language of Girls trilogy; Chicken Boy; Shooting the Moon, which received a Christopher Award; the Phineas L. MacGuire series; Falling In; The Second Life of Abigail Walker; Anybody Shining; and the teen novel Ten Miles Past Normal. She lives with her husband and two sons in Durham, North Carolina. Connect with Frances online at FrancesDowell.com.

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By A Customer on May 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I love Dovey! She's an amazing smart-mouthed country girl who gets caught up in a bad situation and learns about the workings of morality, ethics, and the human heart. Dovey is like Laura Ingalls but with more grit. She's the type of girl I wanted to read about when I was a girl and she's exactly the type of girl that I want my girls to read about. Remember when books were good and you wanted to be the characters in the story and felt like you were living in their world? Dovey Coe makes you feel just that way.
Hooray and huzzah! Finally, a good book for girls!
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I'm completely impressed with Frances O'Roark Dowell's ability to create such a lovable and inspiratonal character! The main character, Dovey, is accused of the murder of her sister's evil suitor, Parnell. Her honesty--the open admission that she cared nothing for Parnell--adds to her culpability. You'll come to love the spirit of small-town, USA as you get to know Dovey, her brother Amos, and the rest of the characters. By the time you put down this book, Dovey will have inspired to you to be true to your real self and to stand up for what you know is right. Dovey is able to inspire growth in other characters as well, including her oh-so-pretty big sister and her well-educated court-appointed attorney. What I appreciate most about this novel is that Dovey is able to be tough-minded and strong-willed without going "over the top" in the unrealistic way the many novel and movie charactres do. I recommended Dovey Coe not only to young adolescent girls but also to boys who will enjoy the mysterious elements and surprise ending.
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By A Customer on May 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Dovey Coe is definitely a winner. Two things I'd like to mention. I thought the first person voice was highly effective. I got used to it, and it kept my interest as the character developed. I think that's the key to using dialect-just because she has a southern voice does't mean you can stereotype Dovey in any way. She surprises you.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
My daughter and I just got back from our annual camping trip in the Smoky Mountains. Normally, we pack several books to read by the campfire. Usually we settle on my old Nancy Drews, but this year, my daughter wanted to pick something new and so we stopped by the bookstore and got Dovey Coe and The Wanderer by Sharon Creech.
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.
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Format: Paperback
Dovey Coe is the main character of the book Dovey Coe. She lives on a mountain in a small house in North Carolina. The town is called Indian Creek. The most popular store in the town is Caraway's Dry Goods store. Dovey has a brother Amos and a sister Caroline. She is average smart and collects herbs with her brother and sells them to the doctors. She is poor, but they can get by. She is average pretty in her looks. She is very adventurous and she travels on the mountain a lot. She knows right from wrong. She is friendly if she likes you.
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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By A Customer on May 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I savored many scenes and phrases from Frances O'Roark Dowell's, Dovey Coe. Its lyrical and poetical qualities make it a must-read for fans of all ages. Perhaps my favorite scene occurs in a rather quiet moment in the book, when Dovey realizes for the first time that she needs to be loved and protected as much as she needs to love and protect those who are dear to her. At that moment, by recognizing and embracing her emotional vulnerability, she takes her first real step into adulthood, earning her chance to be -- in the words of her lawyer -- a "free woman" in a much more profound way than even he might realize. No doubt, her irrepressible spirit and courage make her an endearing character. But when she displays the courage it takes to accept her own human precariousness as part and parcel of that spirit and strength, she becomes a true heroine. Bravo Frances O'Roark Dowell! Incidentally, the Walker Evans photo on the jacket couldn't be more perfect.
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