Destiny by Vicki Grove

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Destiny has been selling not-so-fresh potatoes with her stepfather, Jack, for too long. It's embarrassing, and even a little disgusting, especially in front of girls in her own class who probably never have to worry about money.

So when Destiny find a job reading to the elderly Mrs. Peck in the big stone house surrounded by gardens, her world turns upside down. With Mrs. Peck, Destiny discovers worlds she never knew: ancient Greece and Rome. But she also discovers that Mrs. Peck was involved in the long-ago accident that crippled Destiny's little brother. Just what that means to her family is enough to tear her whole family apart. And that it doesn't proves just how much Destiny has learned from Mrs. Peck.

In a starred review, School Library Journal called Vicki Grove's most recent novel, Starplace, a "powerful coming-of-age tale, written with grace and poignancy."
 

About Vicki Grove

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Vicki Grove is a medieval scholar and this is her first work of historical fiction. Her previous novels have received many state awards and honors and her most recent novel "Starplace" was a "School Library Journal" Best Book of the Year. SLJ called it a wonderfully wellwritten multilayered novel with lots of appeal. She lives in Lincoln, Missouri.
 
Published June 19, 2000 by Putnam Juvenile. 176 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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At 12, Destiny Louise Capperson is the most competent member of her impoverished dysfunctional family.

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Coming of age in small-town Missouri, 12-year-old Destiny Capperson has plenty to learn from--and to teach to--the three imperfect but immensely likable women in her life. Their heartfelt exchanges cr

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Granted unprecedented access to Intel, Stanford Business School professor Burgelman was able to observe how the company's strategies at key moments helped shape its history.

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Coming of age in smalltown Missouri, a 12-year-old girl has plenty to teach and learn from the three imperfect but likeable women in her life.

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Grove peppers the plot with unrealistic scenes such as the sudden return of the pet rabbits that Destiny's stepfather had sold, or the quick reformation of Destiny's mother.

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By centering the story in Felix's confused perception, he suggests that salvation has its own desolateness.

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