Reaching Dustin by Vicki Grove

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When Carly Cameron picks Dustin Groat's name for a class interview assignment, she feels like screaming. Almost everyone in her community fears the Groats--a gun-toting, lawbreaking clan that lives on the edge of town. Sure enough, the first few interviews confirm Carly's suspicions: like the rest of his family, Dustin is surly and unresponsive. But as time goes by, Carly uncovers the tragic truth about Dustin's home life, and realizes that behind the tough exterior is a scared and unhappy boy who desperately needs a friend. "Very human. Brimming with compassion." --Kirkus Reviews
 

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 May 18, 1998 by Putnam Juvenile. 208 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the course of the interview, Carly begins to question her classmates’ treatment of Dustin, and to solve some mysteries: why her third-grade teacher, after a run-in with Dustin’s father, left town in the middle of the school year, and why Dustin needs a network of hiding places.

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The swamp-dwelling, shotgun-wielding Groats are the pariahs of Carly Cameron's rural Missouri community, and Carly is understandably horrified when she draws Dustin Groat as a partner for a class proj

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The swamp-dwelling, shotgun-wielding Groats are the pariahs of Carly Cameron's rural Missouri community, and Carly is understandably horrified when she draws Dustin Groat as a partner for a class project on interviewing.

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~ PW said this ""realistic portrayal of contemporary teens and their moral challenges breathes fresh life into well-worn themes of rebellion and first love."" Ages 12-up.

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