The Starlite Drive-In Book Summary and Study Guide

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When Callie Anne comes back from a meeting in Chicago, she comes back to a murder mystery. Her Aunt Bliss tells her about bones that the police found at an old drive-in her father once ran. She is a key witness in this case because she grew up there. When she arrives on the scene a police officer asks her questions about some the evidence that they found with the body. When she looks at the evidence she notices an old box that her father once used for cash, and a lighter that looked like the one Charlie Memphis, a drifter her father hired, once used. When she leaves the crime scene she takes the liter with her. She pulls into a drive way and remembers the day that Charlie Memphis started working at the drive-in.
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Callie Anne, 12, fell in love with the tall Stetson man. She wanted to marry him he was everything she wanted in a man. While her father, Claude Junior, was up working in the projection booth, she would follow Memphis around like a lost puppy. Later, she over hears her mother, Teal, and Memphis talking. She watches them through the window, slowly touching each others hands, and kissing. She grows with anger and envy. She was supposed to be with him not her mother. Callie Anne stops communicating with everyone like she used to. She would run off and lie to her mother and father about where she would be going.

After Claude Junior catches Memphis coming from his house one night he grows angrier with him. He gets into an argument that turns into a fight. Later that night Teal asks about Memphis, and Claude Junior says that he ran him off. No one ever sees or hears of Charlie Memphis again.
The review of this Book prepared by Alysha

This is the story about a 12 year old girl, Callie Anne, her mother, who hasn't left the house in the last 5 years, her father, and who doesn't treat his family as kind as he should and Memphis, a bum who changes everything.

Memphis is mysterious, a drifter? A murderer? But he is sohandsome, Callie Anne dreams of a life with him all the time.
But instead of falling in love with her, he gives his love to her mother.

This love and tenderness make Teal, the mother, laugh again and what is special, leave the house again.

Since Memphis is there, they feel happy again, except her father, who is suspicious and angry.

The review of this Book prepared by Tanja Friess

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Crime & Police story    -   Yes Story of    -   catching a killer Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Lover is    -   a criminal (possibly)

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a kid    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Prairie?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   Boob talk!    -   Vagia talk! Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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