Defining Dulcie by Paul Acampora

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From a debut author comes a story of finding oneself in a place all too familiar. After Dulcie Morrigan Jones?s dad dies, her mom decides they need to find a new life in California. But Dulcie doesn?t understand what?s wrong with her old life back in Newbury, Connecticut. So she heads across country and back home in her father?s red 1968 Chevy pickup truck. When she arrives, she meets Roxanne, a girl whose home life makes Dulcie see that her own situation may not be all that bad after all. And as the summer comes to an end, Dulcie realizes that maybe it?s necessary to leave a place in order to come back and find out who you really are.


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Paul Acampora is an avid reader, an enthusiastic dad, and a ferocious fan of being human. His first novel Defining Dulcie received starred review from Publisher's Weekly, School Library Journal and Booklist, and was a School Library Journal Best Books of 2006 and a VOYA Top Ten. Paul lives in Allentown, PA with his wife and two kids. Visit him at
Published May 29, 2008 by Speak. 188 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Dulcie's dad and grandfather were the school janitors in her Connecticut town, until her dad died in a chemical accident.

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Acampora deftly mixes the bitter with the sweet throughout this first novel. Sixteen-year-old Dulcie Morrigan Jones's father, a janitor at her high school, has just died as a result of inadvert

Mar 13 2006 | Read Full Review of Defining Dulcie

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