Grounded by Kate Klise

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After her brother, sister, and father die in a plane crash, Daralynn Oakland receives 237 dolls from well-wishers, resulting in her nickname: Dolly. But dolls are little comfort to a twelve-year-old girl whose world is rocked by the dramatic changes in her life, including her angry, grieving mother's new job as a hairstylist at the local funeral home.

Dolly gets a job, too, where she accidentally invents a fashionable new haircut. But her real work begins when a crematorium comes to town, and someone has to save a dying business, solve a burning mystery, and resuscitate the broken hearts in Digginsville, Missouri, population 402.


About Kate Klise

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Kate Kilse is the author of the 43 Old Cemetery Road series (Dying to Meet You and Over My Dead Body) of epistolary novels, illustrated by her sister, M. Sarah Klise, as well as the picture book Shall I Knit You a Hat? In addition to writing for children, Kate is a freelance journalist for several publications, including People magazine. Her newest book, Homesick, is available from Feiwel and Friends. She lives in Norwood, MO.
Published November 9, 2010 by Feiwel & Friends. 208 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In 12-year-old Daralynn’s world of ’60s TV dinners and Perry Mason, “B.C.” marks the time before the small-plane crash that killed her father, brother and sister, and “A.D.” is “After the Deaths.” Daralynn’s mother hardens her heart after the tragedy, and her pragmatic daughter does her darndest ...

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Klise (the 43 Old Cemetery Road series) spins an insightful story about loss and family, set in the tiny town of Digginsville, Mo., told from the plainspoken perspective of 12-year-old Daralynn Oakland.

Oct 25 2010 | Read Full Review of Grounded


But will Digginsville notice that a little girl is doing all this great work, or will it be too hard for Daralynn to unearth a mystery, solve it, and bring it to everyone’s attention before it’s too late?

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Hooga 14 May 2013

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