It's 1956, and ever since she and her mother rescued Angel Musseldorf from her abusive parents, Frankilee Baxter has been miserable. In addition to being more pretty, popular, and talented than Frankilee, Angel moves in, steals Frankilee's clothing, and begins dating the boy Frankilee likes. At the same time, Frankilee's community is struggling with the issue of school integration.
What keeps Frankilee going is her fantasy about Elvis Presley rescuing her from life in Clover, Texas. But this restless teenager is a realist and doesn't wait around for things to get worse. She devises a plan to get rid of Angel, begins a local Elvis fan club, and works to promote integration. What Frankilee doesn't bargain for is becoming involved in a burglary, an elaborate kidnapping scheme, and a shooting.
With humor and heart, Dancing with Elvis tells of one young woman's coming of age in the South during a time of change in America's history.
About the Author
Lynda Stephenson grew up in a small town in Texas and nowlives with her husband and her cat, Elvis, in Edmond,Oklahoma. Dancing with Elvis began as a short story,but Lynda decided to 'stick with Frankilee and see her through her troubles.' The result is her first publishednovel.
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¿Frankilee and her mother decide to rescue a new girl in town from her abusive mother, but once Angel moves in, she reveals a sneaky side, and Frankilee swears Angel is now ruining her life. Over the next two years, Frankilee tries to deal with living with and hating Angel, the troubles in town over integration, and all the while, dreams of Elvis Presley coming to town¿ Frankilee is a lot of fun ¿ very spunky and sarcastic ¿ and though the story dragged towards the middle, the resolution was surprising.