Dovey Coe

Dovey Coe

By Frances O'Roark Dowell

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780689831744, 192pp.

Publication Date: May 2000


My name is Dovey Coe and I reckon it don't matter if you like me or not. I'm here to lay the record straight, to let you know them folks saying I done a terrible thing are liars. I aim to prove it, too. I hated Parnell Caraway as much as the next person, but I didn't kill him.

There have been Coes living in the mountains of Indian Creek, North Carolina, going on forever, and everyone in town is amazed that twelve-year-old Dovey might up and do such a terrible thing. Even if the girl does have a tendency to shoot her mouth off, she's had good reason since she's always had to stick up for her brother, Amos, who may be older and bigger, but folks treat like he's slow on account of his being deaf.

Her sister, Caroline, might shake her head over Dovey's high spirits, but if Caroline hadn't been letting the likes of Parnell Caraway hang around her all summer, Dovey wouldn't be in this mess. Dovey's not one to sit back when troubles are brewing, but now with this murder charge, for once she might just have to keep quiet and let the slick city lawyer take care of things...or will she?

Frances O'Roark Dowell has created an irresistible heroine the likes of whom have not been seen since the legendary Scout first appeared in Harper Lee's classic To Kill a Mockingbird.

About the Author
Frances O'Roark Dowell is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of "Dovey Coe", which won the Edgar Award, "Where I'd Like to Be", the bestselling "The Secret Language of Girls", and its sequel The" Kind of Friends We Used to Be, "C"hicken Boy", "Shooting the Moon", which was awarded the Christopher Medal, the Phineas L. MacGuire series, and most recently "Falling In." She lives with her husband and two sons in Durham, North Carolina. Connect with Frances online at

Praise For Dovey Coe

* "Dovey is an original character who speaks with a mountain twang that brings the vivid setting to life."

"This fabulously feisty heroine will win your heart."

"A delightful book, thoughtful and full of substance."

"Bears positive messages about family pride, self-reliance, and inner beauty. Dovey's strength of character alone is well worth the reader for young middle school girls. A worthy addition to any middle school collection."