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Dean, Carolee .
New York : Houghton Mifflin Company, 2002
ISBN 0618138463
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Kenny would give anything to exchange his family for a place in a family where two parents wanted and expected the older child to go to school every day, get good grades, and continue his education beyond high school.  Many kids would give anything to have a mom who would falsify the child’s birth certificate in order to enable the child to get a hardship driver’s license.  Kenny was not one of those kids.  Of course his mom changed fourteen-year-old Kenny’s birth certificate to indicate he way fifteen simply so Kenny could drive his father to AA meetings.  These acts by Kenny’s mother were simply part of her ongoing program to transform Roy Don Willson from ex-con to the ‘best dang country and western singer that ever lived.’
Kenny was a student who enjoyed school, however his mother expected Kenny to work at the family owned all-night diner and drop out of school as soon as he was sixteen. His mother made him give up both band and football in order to transport his father.  Additionally, Kenny had to work in his mother’s failing roadside café. Kenny was eligible to participate in the University Interscholastic League due to his love of poetry and his skill in writing it.  Kenny’s  mother was not in favor of having Kenny participate in any weekend school activity that took him away from working at the diner, and driving his father to required AA meetings.  Kenny thwarts his family to pursue his dream of winning a college scholarship via the UIL.  ( Linda Bryant, South Carolina Book Awards, 2006)
SUBJECTS:     High schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Poetry -- Fiction.
                        Alcoholism -- Fiction.
                        Family problems -- Fiction.
                        Texas -- Fiction.


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