The Ticket

The Ticket

by Debra Coleman Jeter


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Tray Dunaway longs to be part of the popular set at school, but she's growing too fast and her clothes no longer fit. The only person who understands Tray's need for acceptance is her grandmother, but when Tray wears Gram's hand-sewn clothes to school, the kids make fun of her tall, boney appearance. Tray's luck improves when Pee Wee Johnson, a down-and-out friend of her father's, buys two lottery tickets and gives one to Mr. Dunaway as a thank-you for driving him to Hazard, Illinois. When her father's ticket turns out to be the winner, Johnson demands his cut of the proceeds, but Tray's dad refuses. What seems like a stroke of good fortune suddenly becomes a disturbing turn of events as Johnson threatens to cause problems for the family and Tray.

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ISBN-13: 9781941103869
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Publication date: 05/20/2015
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)

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The Ticket 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Trina More than 1 year ago
The Ticket is a coming of age story about Tray, a young girl living in Paradise, KY. The story covers chronicles the effect winning the lottery can have on a family ill prepared for such a drastic change in lifestyle. As Debra Coleman Jeter tells the story from Tray’s point of view, she does a great job of covering issues that affect a young girl’s life, including mental illness and the value of true friends. While some people might find one scene controversial, I found Tray’s naïve encounter with an older man who wanted to take advantage of her a realistic portrayal of the danger many young ladies are at risk of experiencing. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Ticket and definitely recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great story told from the viewpoint of a teenage girl. It is very interesting in that it is set in a time before all the social media of today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On the recommendation of a friend, I bought this book for my young teenage daughter. Since I was told there was a scene that was controversial to some readers, I read it first. I thought the disturbing scene was tastefully addressed and was not in the least bit gratuitous. Although I have never been a 14 year old teenage girl like the protagonist Tray, I thought the book captured the angst of the character very well. After my daughter read the book, we had a frank discussion about the disturbing scene. I now feel that if she is ever in any similar situation as Tray, she will respond better than Tray by coming forward immediately. I don't want to say any more without spoiling the book, but I hardily recommend this book. And if you have not had a discussion with you child about situations that can and do too often arise, you should do so at once. You do not have to use this book as a starting point, but it is a great one for that.