Driving Lessons by Catherine Dexter

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When she is sent to the small town in South Dakota where she had lived briefly with her great-grandmother after her father's death, fourteen-year-old Mattie must sort out her confused feelings about why she is there, her mother's possible remarriage, and the free-spirited seventeen-year-old she has just met.

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Dexter as a child spent many happy summers at her grandmother's big, old house in South Dakota, a gathering place for aunts and uncles and cousins from all over.
Published August 28, 2000 by Candlewick. 160 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Mattie Lewis, 14, has been banished to South Dakota for the summer in a story that perfectly captures the voice, the thoughts, and the personality of an unhappy teenager.

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In her struggle to recover memories of her father, who died 10 years ago, Mattie opens up to Lester's uncle Philip, a town librarian who shows her historical primary documents of Mattie's great-grandfather.

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