The Storyteller's Daughter by Jean Thesman

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Quinn Wagner's fifteenth summer starts off well. She has a part-time job and a crush on a young neighbor. Only one thing makes Quinn feel uneasy this summer of 1933. Her father, Beau John, has lost his job. He is working far up the coast from their Seattle home and can only come home on weekends. Beau John is greatly missed, as he is the hero of the neighborhood, everyone's favorite storyteller, and the man to whom folks always turn when they're in trouble. Now Quinn fears that her father himself may be in trouble. She overhears a stranger angrily threaten him, and the next weekend Beau John does not return home. If he is in danger, what can she do to help? Before the story ends, Quinn must confront some surprising facts about her father - and about herself.

About Jean Thesman

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Jean Thesman is the author of more than a dozen books for young readers. She makes her home with her husband in Bothell, Washington.
Published January 1, 1997 by Houghton Mifflin Co.. 192 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As the summer goes on, Quinn finds her affection growing for her elderly neighbors' nephew and, as she learns of the lengths to which her father has gone to help support them, develops a more complex, less black-and-white outlook regarding Beau John's business.

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Readers who find characters' laments--about split families, lost jobs, diseases and the like--melodramatic will have even more trouble swallowing 15-year-old Quinn's discovery that her father, the highly respected, ""thoroughly good"" Beau John, is a rum smuggler.

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