Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Dowell, Frances O'Roark 
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2000.
IL 3-6, RL 6.0
ISBN 0689831749
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My name is Dovey Coe and I just seen the ghost of Parnell Caraway. He looked like he always did except I could see right through him clear to the other side of the barn. That was the first as well as the last time I ever seen a ghost and, if you asked me if Iíd ever like to see another, Iíd tell you no thanks. But what Iím about to tell you ainít no ghost story. No maíam. This is the story of what happened to Parnell.  

Some folks think I was the one who killed Parnell but that just ainít the truth. I didnít liked the way he tried to woo my sister, Caroline. I didnít like the way he treated my deaf brother, Amos Ė like he was crazy. As far as I was concerned, Parnell was just a mean, vain rich guy who thought he had the right to anything he wanted here in Indian Creek, North Carolina. Everybody knew that Parnell and I didnít see eye to eye on most things. So when I woke up in the backroom of Carawayís store and found him lying there dead, lots of folks thought I must have been the one who killed him.  (Stella Michel, Newbridge Rd. School Library)

SUBJECTS:     Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
                        Mountain life -- North Carolina -- Fiction.
                        North Carolina -- Fiction.
                        Deaf -- Fiction.
                        Murder -- Fiction.
                        People with disabilities -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.
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