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Matthews, Kezi.
Front Street/Cricket Books, 2000.
IL 5-8, RL 6.1
ISBN 081262775X
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You never know what three days can do to your life. Memphis Riley never imagined that the harsh words spoken to her mentally challenged Aunt Clover would spin her life out of control. Memphis never had it easy, though. Her mother died in front of her eyes and her father, John Riley, dropped her off one hot summer day in Blue Parrot, South Carolina. She waited and waited for him to return but he never did. Her grandmother, Naomi, never quite treated her well, especially when Memphis and Clover would fight. One day when Clover broke Memphis’s mother's guitar, Memphis screamed, “I wish you were dead!” Clover had run away before, but this time she didn't return. In three days Memphis faced the guilt of those words, the suspicion of her grandmother, and even her first kiss, but would Clover ever come back home? Would Memphis ever feel loved? Would she even come to terms with what happened in the past and what she hoped for the future? Read John Riley’s Daughter by South Carolina native Kezi Matthews.  (Lexi Somerville,
SUBJECTS:     Family problems -- Fiction.
                      Missing persons -- Fiction.


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