Motivated by insatiable curiosity and undaunted by rules, young Kate McCallum entertains herself in a 1950s world without television, computers, cell phones, or iPods. Captivated by her heroes, Kate envies Huck Finnas freedom and Amelia Earhartas independence, and weighs all of her forbidden plans against the stinging pain from her motheras red plastic belt filled with small round holes. Curious, she reads books and body language, questions religion, hypocrisy and authority, learns about murder, incest and decapitation, and pressures her mother to explain shock treatments, vagina and falsies. When Kate wakes to bloodcurdling screams from the bed next to hers, she discovers family skeleton; when she wakes to her own terrifying nightmares, she breaks a promise and reveals a horrific secret. . After listening to years of hell-and- damnation preachers, and puzzling over unfamiliar strings of sexual feeling, Kate reluctantly gives up her tomboyas world of dirt and adventure and enters her teens, uncertain about the church and God, confused about life and love, but eager to discover the mysteries and freedom of the long-awaited adult world.Altogether, Ia#39;ll make six or seven bucks.a aThata#39;s a lot. Whata#39;re ... Kate lowered her voice and said, aDona#39;t tell anyone, but Ia#39;m going to try to buy some cherry bombs from Andy. He got them this ... aYou have to be careful with theseabe sure they dona#39;t go off in your hand, or you could lose some fingers.a He handed Kate six of ... They make a loud noiseaa really loud noiseawhen they go off.a aI dona#39;t know.
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