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Sixteen-year-old Dulci comes from a family of janitors in the town of Newbury, Connecticut. Her world crumbles with the sudden death of her father. She goes to California with her mother and does not like it there. She then steals her father's pick-up truck and returns home. She lives with her grandfather and slowly begins the process of healing.
From Walter Dean Myers to Mo Willems to Terry Trueman, some of today's most exciting writers offer teen readers a great selection of honest and real stories about everyday guys who get pummeled by some life lessons and still manage to come out on top.
[From the front dust Jacket flap] "As the new kid in the small town of Falls, Connecticut, Zachary Beatrice could use a friend. Thanks to Rachel Spinelli, he's about to get a whole lot more. Rachel's got a good heart, but she can be ferocious if you taunt her brother, and she's not afraid to throw a punch when necessary. For Zachary, life back in Copper Lake, Colorado, was certainly never this exciting! Now, instead of an isolated existence on the edge of town, he's in the midst of all the action, chatting with regulars at the local diner, playing the trumpet as though his life depended on it, and warding off the punches that inevitably come his way. Best of all, he's figuring out that when life punches you in the face, you just get back on up. From the author of Defining Dulcie, comes a novel about new beginnings, the power of forgiveness, and the quirky people that make life interesting." If you enjoyed this funny, story of real kids working at fitting in to their everchanging world, read Defining Dulcie by this author which is in the Bookshare collection.
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