Kissing Tennessee by Kathi Appelt
and Other Stories from the Stardust Dance

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Mason and Carrie Marie can't summon up the courage to ask each other to dance. Lindy knows her best friend is making a huge mistake with her boyfriend, but she doesn't know how to tell her. Cub is struggling with the feelings he has for his friend Trent. Russ's girlfriend has died, and now he's just trying to live without her. Peggy Lee has grown up with Tennessee, but can she ever think of him as more than a friend? In her first book for older readers, Kathi Appelt brings a group of unforgettable students together for the most memorable night of their lives. •The first book for older readers from a popular picture book author •Eight short stories—a favorite format for teen readers—that capture the humor and mixed emotions of growing up

About Kathi Appelt

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Kathi grew up in Houston, not too far from the Houston Ship Channel, and graduated from Spring Branch High School, home of the Bears, where she played flute in the marching band and tried to play the oboe in the concert band. Later, she graduated from Texas A&M University and did graduate studies at The University of Iowa.She later studied writing with Elizabeth Harper Neeld, Paul Christiansen, Venkatesh Kulkarni, and Dennis Foley.She is married to Ken, a researcher in adult literacy at Texas A&M and a musician. Together they have two grown sons, Jacob and Cooper. Both of them are musicians too. They also share their home with four cats: Jazz, Hoss, D'jango, and Peach. She and Ken are long-time members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Brazos Valley, where Ken sings in the choir and Kathi serves as a trustee.Kathi Appelt is the author of over thirty books for children and young adults. She has taught creative writing to both children and adults and currently serves on the faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts in their MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program. She also teaches an occasional course in creative writing at her alma mater, Texas A&M University.Her books have won numerous national and state awards, including the Irma and Simon Black Award, Children's Choice Award, Teacher's Choice Award, the Oppenheimer Gold Award, Parent's Choice Award, Storytelling World Award, Growing Good Kids Award, the Teddy Award, the Texas Institute of Letters Award, Best Books for Young Adults, VOYA Top of the Shelf Award, and a host of others.
Published May 1, 2000 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 128 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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