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Joann Shea has lived next door to Terry Dodd all her life. To everyone else he's just another next-door neighbor, another drunk in Los Angeles, another human in California. But he's different, and fourteen-year-old Joann is the only one who seems to think so. But when Joann's dad is hospitalized after a disastrous explosion on the interstate, Uncle Barry comes to take carJoann Shea has lived next door to Terry Dodd all her life. To everyone else he's just another next-door neighbor, another drunk in Los Angeles, another human in California. But he's different, and fourteen-year-old Joann is the only one who seems to think so. But when Joann's dad is hospitalized after a disastrous explosion on the interstate, Uncle Barry comes to take care of the family affairs. Joann is determined to keep her mother's domineering brother from taking complete control of her family. She discovers all too soon his answer to everything is violence. Will Joann be able to find a way to get to Dad before it's too late? Or will Uncle Barry succeed in tearing her family apart? All seems lost, until the drunk next door proves to be more than just a drunk, and Joann learns that sometimes even the most unlikely people are the most extraordinary....

Title : the life and death of terry dodd
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ISBN : 29239564
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 65 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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the life and death of terry dodd Reviews

  • latybug
    2018-11-16 15:37

    I received a free download of this book from Story Cartel, thank you!I ended up reading this book straight through, and I loved it. I especially loved how a flawed character like Terry Dodd could be such a hero to Joann. As a teacher of teens, I often agonize over whether I am making a difference (or not) with my students. The timing of this book could not have been better for me. It is times like now (the beginning of the school year) where I always feel like I have to start off being perfect, and it pretty much takes only the first day of school for me to prove that I am not perfect in the least. This book was a gentle reminder I needed - that I don't have to be perfect. I just have to care. For some kids, that's all the "hero" they need. Thank you, Ms. Updike, for that reminder.I also liked the dynamics of the Shea family. They weren't perfect either, but they loved each other, and it got them through.I absolutely would recommend this book to others, and I will read more by this author. I'd love to see a prequel to this story, to see exactly how Terry Dodd developed into the person he was before this book started. It would also be interesting to read this same story, told from Terry's point of view.

  • Jackie Rogers
    2018-11-02 18:02

    This is a story that brought out the anger I tend to carry toward bullies. We have a happy family living next to Terry Dodd who happens to drink too much and is scary to most people. Then we have Joann who is fourteen and has habit of watching Mr. Dodd. Joann's dad is truck driver of a gasoline tanker and is hospitalized after an accident in said truck. Joann's mom is devastated and calls her older brother to help. He arrives and is the bully. After striking joann and putting her out of the house I wax ready to take a baseball bat to him. Joann is then punished by not being allowed to see her dad. Enter Terry Dodd who comes to her rescue by decking her uncle for hurting her. This brings the bully down on Terry and the mom finally gets some backbone and intervenes. I really liked this little book due to subject matter and the ending. Is a book worth investing in. Thanks to K.M. Updike

  • Michelle
    2018-10-20 18:37

    Terry Dodd had always interested his 14 year old neighbor Joann and she kept her eye on what and how he did things.He on the other hand always seemed a loner and sometimes a drunk.When things started to get bad for Joann's family,Terry somehow was the onlooker for most of the events until one day he became the savior.He helped not only Joann ,but the whole family turn their life around.It goes to show that a neighbor or other person around you may seem unextraordinary but given the right situation are the best people in the world.All it took to find out was one thing and your world and theirs has been changed for the better.

  • Christa Upton
    2018-11-09 18:35

    A Story that will Grab Your HeartFrom the first paragraph, these characters jumped into my heart and stayed there. This author has a way of making characters seem so real you could just meet them on the street. And they’re people you’d like! (Except for the stubborn, arrogant antagonists of course.) Poignancy, imagery, character development, surprise ending—it’s all there! This novelette also took me back to my childhood (1970s) and made me feel like I was right there in the heat of the Los Angeles summer--a lovely escape into the past. The writer has a rare gift of artistry in her writing. I am looking forward to reading more of her work!!!

  • Hannah
    2018-11-03 19:43

    The Life and Death of Terry Dodd is by far one of the most beautiful and inspirational stories anyone will ever read. I laughed and I cried with so much delight.The love and heart she posses are so exquisitely expressed in the words that make this book a wonderful story.

  • Emily
    2018-10-25 16:52

    Beautiful in its simplicity, delicately written, yet powertfully striking. It's a unique message, but one we all need. Kayla also captures the time period and setting perfectly.

  • K.M. Updike
    2018-11-15 15:53