Evangeline Brown and The Cadillac Motel by Michele Ivy Davis

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Evangeline Brown (she calls herself Eddie) is a feisty eleven year old who is ashamed of living with her widowed, alcoholic father in his run-down Florida motel that has the butt end of a pink Cadillac sticking out of the office wall. She is stubbornly independent, but when Farrell, a strange boy her age suddenly appears in town, she cautiously makes friends with him.

When their new teacher announces that she will make a home visit to every student in the class, Eddie desperately tries to make her life appear normal. However her tentative optimism turns to despair and humiliation during the visit because of her father's behavior.

When she and Farrell overhear their teacher tell the school principal she is going to call Social Services about the home lives of some of her students, they are convinced she is talking about them. Feeling unloved, and afraid they both will be sent to foster homes, Eddie and Farrell decide they must take drastic action.

This AR (Accelerated Reader) novel has received several national awards in the U.S. as well as Switzerland's Prix Chronos for the German translation.

The ebook includes two bonuses: a completeĀ alternate ending and discussion questions.

About Michele Ivy Davis

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Michele Ivy Davis based her novel on the atmosphere of small-town Florida where she was born and raised. "One day," she says, "while driving through an older section of town, I saw the words Cadillac and Motel at about the same time on two different signs. I was struck by the contradictory picture they presented and wondered about the people who might own a motel like that." This is her first children's book.. The Ann Durell Fiction Contest was named for former publisher of Dutton Children's Books Ann Durell, who nurtured the talents of such beloved authors as Lloyd Alexander, Judy Blume, Eleanor Cameron, Walt Morey, and William Sleator. The Grand Prize was awarded to Michele Ivy Davis for the best unpublished novel aimed at readers 8-14 years old. Evangeline Brown and the Cadillac Motel was one of hundreds of submissions that were reviewed by Dutton's editorial staff.
Published September 8, 2012 by BookBaby. 192 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Eddie (Evangeline Dawn), a tough but sensitive girl, lives with her widowed, alcoholic father at the Cadillac Motel in Paradise, Florida.

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Sixth-grader Eddie (short for Evangeline Dawn) Brown, narrator of this impressive first novel, lives in Paradise, Fla., a town "full of dust and dirt and rotting buildings," and her history is just as grim as the setting.

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The motel is in sad shape and so is Eddie's Pa, who has never recovered from her mother's death when Eddie was five.

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