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The One O'Clock Chop

Ralph Fletcher

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

It's the summer of 1973 and fourteen year old Matt spends his days working on a boat as a clam digger to earn extra money. His nights are another story--he spends time with his free-spirited cousin Jazzy who is visiting from Hawaii (and just happens to be beautiful). Matt can't deny that his affection for Jazzy moves beyond a crush, and everyone knows you can't fall in love with your cousin. Just when Matt decides to act on his feelings, Jazzy does something that changes everything between them.

Like the one o'clock chop--the strong breeze that blows across the Long Island Sound--Matt's summer proves to be as inevitable as a force of nature. Told with pitch-perfect angst and realism, Ralph Fletcher tells a gripping story of a teenager's life-altering summer.

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  JAZZYSUMMER OF 1973. The newspaper headlines were all about the Watergate scandal. The Vietnam War had officially ended in January, but American planes were still dropping bombs nearby in Laos and Cambodia. There was lots of baseball news, too. Nolan Ryan pitched his second no-hitter; Hank Aaron hit home run number 700.But it was Jasmine McKenzie who made the biggest headline in my life, a girl who happened to be my first cousin. I never dreamed that I’d fall in love with her when she visited us from Hawaii, but that’s what happened.
 Jazzy loved all kinds of music: folk,
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  • Ralph Fletcher

  • RALPH FLETCHER is the author of many books, from picture books through young adult novels. He also teaches workshops on poetry and writing. Ralph lives with his family in Lee, New Hampshire.
  • Ralph Fletcher
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