Whenever her feelings get the best of her, Jaynell Lambert climbs into an old junker in Clifton Bailey's Automobile Salvage and Parts and pretends to drive away. It's the summer of 1968, and within a year the dirt road in front of her house will be paved, Grandpap will move in, and men will walk on the moon. It's enough to make anyone wonder. But for now, Jaynell, her sister, Racine, and their parents live with dust and potholes, dreaming of their lives turning into something grand. Grandpap's moving in shouldn't mean much more than Jaynell giving up her room and setting another place at the table. But when he goes out and buys a 1962 emerald green Cadillac convertible, nothing is the same again. Kimberly Willis Holt has written an unforgettable story of dreams and legacies, capturing a time when all of America joined together to watch the first man walk in the moon. A time when a Cadillac and the legacy of an old man could transform a family and show them how to dance.
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by Kimberly Willis Holt
by Connie Willis
by Victoria Holt
by J. Kelly Hoey
by Rita Mae Brown
"It's 1968 in Moon, Texas. The wet-dog summer days find Jaynelle Lambert and her increasingly unpredictable Grandpap behind the wheel of a 1962 emerald green Cadillac convertible, cruising the steamy fields and roads to assuage their grief over Grandma's death. Kimberly J. Brown's squeaky Texas drawl breathes life into tough 11-year-old Jaynelle ("Boy" to her father; "Raccoon Gal" to Grandpap). She cares not for the girly things that her younger sister Racine lusts after. Brown snags Jaynelle's Texas dialect and keeps it front and center throughout her sassy first-person defense of Grandpap, whom everyone thinks has taken leave of his senses when he allows the poorest family in town to live in the family homestead. It's only after Grandpap's death, when he leaves everything to the Pickenses, that Jaynelle learns the dark secret in her beloved Grandpap's past that led him to his charitable acts. T.B. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"
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