Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning
By Danette Haworth
(Walker & Company, Hardcover, 9780802797919, 162pp.)
Publication Date: August 19, 2008
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Spunky, headstrong Violet Raines is happy with things just the way they are in her sleepy backwoods Florida town. She loves going to the fish fry with her best friend, Lottie, and collecting BrainFreeze cups with her good friend Eddie. She loves squeezing into the open trunk of the old cypress tree, looking for alligators in the river, and witnessing lighting storms on a warm summer day.
But Violet's world is turned upside down when Melissa moves to town from big city Detroit. All of a sudden Violet's supposed to want to wear makeup, and watch soap operas, and play Truth or Dare It'll take the help of Violet's friends, her Momma, a few run-ins with lightning, and "maybe "even Melissa, for Violet to realize that growing up doesn't have to mean changing who you are.