Dancing in Cadillac Light by Kimberly Willis Holt

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1968 looks like it'll be a pretty good year for Jaynell Lambert. The town's going to pave the dirt road she lives on, her girly-girl sister, Racine, isn't driving her completely crazy, and Grandpap has just moved in with his new emerald green Cadillac convertible. Jaynell and Grandpap have something special. But why won't Grandpap tell her the reason he visits with the dirt-poor Pickens family on the other side of town? When Jaynell finds out Grandpap's secret, the legacy of an old man transforms a family, and a town.

"At once gritty and poetic, stark and sentimental . . . a solid page turner. Holt once again displays her remarkable gift." (School Library Journal, starred review)

About Kimberly Willis Holt

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Kimberly Willis Holt is the author of the other books in the Piper Reed series and has written many acclaimed novels, including The Water Seeker. She lives in West Texas. kimberlywillisholt.com Christine Davenier has illustrated many books for young readers, as well as the books in the Piper Reed series. She lives in Paris, France. piperreed.com
Published November 11, 2002 by Puffin. 180 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Subtle narrative tension threads through the story’s second half as Jaynell’s family argues over Grandpap’s “estate.” Jaynell, the only one who knows that Grandpap intended the Pickens family to have his home, resents the loss of the “homeplace.” Bitterness prevents Jaynell from revealing Grandpa...

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Jaynelle and Racine have always been told tales about the Pickens and other poor families who live on the "wrong" side of town --- the girls are told by their momma that they should be wary.

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