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Crum, Shutta.
New York :  Houghton Mifflin, 2003
IL 5-8,  RL 7.3
ISBN  0618234772 
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Jessie K. Bovey has three problems to solve in her small Kentucky town in the summer of 1967. First of all, she wants to know who her father is. Second, she wants to earn enough money to buy her best friend Robert Ketchum a new pair of glasses. Third, she wants to learn to control her temper and stop getting in fights, especially with her grandmother. When President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty brings a VISTA volunteer to town, Jessie accepts the job of showing Miss Woodruff around. Jessie also helps the reporters and photographers who come to town, and she is embarrassed when they focus national attention on the worst aspects of her community and friends. Jessie's plan to help her friend backfires, and she must make amends to keep from hurting those she loves. By the end of the summer, Jessie has the answers to all of her questions, and she has learned who she really is.  (Teresa Blankenship,  South Carolina Book Awards, 2006)
SUBJECTS:     Family life -- Kentucky -- Fiction.
                        Fathers -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Kentucky -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.


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