Dovey Coe Book Summary and Study Guide

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Dovey Coe speaks before she thinks, so its no surprise she woudln't touch arrogant, mean Parnell Caraway with a 10 foot pole! He may belong to the richest family in town, but he's just snobby, and she cant stand the fact he is courting her sister, Caroline, or acts like her brother, Amos, is stupid just because he is deaf.
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So, its not a surprise that when Parnell turns up dead, and Dovey is found in the room where his body is discovered, that she soons finds herself on trial for.... Murder! Can the outspoken girl trust her too-nervous-for-healthiness lawyer (who by the way is sweating a gallon a second) to win this case and prove her innocent? Can he get her out of one of the biggest messes of her life?

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   30% Special suspect?    -   investigator him/herself Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   local police w/ IQ of a houseplant    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Ages 7-14 Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Age:    -   a kid Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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