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Downright Dencey (Young Adult Library) [Paperback]

By Caroline Dale Snedeker (Author) & Maginel Wright Barney (Illustrator)
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A friendship slowly grows between Quaker girl Dencey Coffin and Flotsam, a poor orphan boy, after she teaches him to read to make up for having injured him with a stone for making fun of her family.

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This treasure of a novel is set on the island of Nantucket just before the War of 1812. Much more than a tale of whaling ships and gentle Quaker eccentricities, it is a tale of friendship--the kind most truly espoused by these 'plain' folk, with all the struggle and complexity one should expect. Dionis (Dencey) Coffyn is a mystery to her mother, Lydia, whose stern exterior hides a heart that breaks every time her husband Captain Tom goes to sea. Within a context of outward simplicity of living and inward intricacy of relationship, Dencey matures from the little girl who, in unquakerly violence of temper, throws a rock that wounds the town outcast. She becomes a young woman ready to bear her part in life with grace and courage. "Downright Dencey is a probing portrayal of the power of love to overcome social barriers and religious strictures.

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Studio: Bethlehem Books
Pages   274
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   1.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2003
Publisher   Bethlehem books
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  12-16
ISBN  1883937795  
ISBN13  9781883937799  

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I love this book  Mar 6, 2008
Well written and sweet. The target age is 9-12 but I didn't read it until I was in my mid-teens, but still managed to be caught up in it. It was a little distracting when the author discussed how the parents met, etc., but that part was short and the rest of the story was worth it. Part friendship, part bittersweet falling-in-love, and overall very good. It has a solid place on my bookshelf of favorites.
A Story For Everyone  Jun 15, 2004
"Downright Dencey" tells the story of Dionis (Dencey) Coffyn and Sammie Jetsam. The story begins when Jetsam is insulting Dencey's family. Dencey gets mad at him and throws a stone at him. The stone cuts his arm and injures him badly. When Dionis asks for forgiveness, Jetsam says that she must give him her one and only storybook, "Pilgrim's Progress" and teach him to read it. This becomes a problem. Dencey's mother won't let her teach him if she asks for permission, so she must lie to teach him. More than once, Jetsam's care giver, the one and only drunk Injun Jill, tries to capture Dencey and force her away, and more than once, Jetsam stands up to Injun Jill and distracts her, while Dencey safely gets away.
During this time, Jetsam begins to learn to read and learns what respect is. Finally he grows up to be a great young man, and as a young man, he falls in love with Dencey. But will the rest of the town accept him the way Dencey does?
This book is for everyone. It's part love story, part adventure story, part everything-but-the-kitchen-sink. It's no wonder that it was a 1928 Newbery Honor Book! For ages 10-17.

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