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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About The Author

A Vanderbilt University professor, Debra Coleman Jeter has published fiction and nonfiction in popular magazines, including Working Woman, New Woman, Self, Home Life, Savvy, Christian Woman, and American Baby. Her story, Recovery, won first prize in aChristian Woman short story competition, and her nonfiction book Pshaw, It s Me Grandson : Tales of a Young Actor was a finalist in the 2007 USA Book News Awards. She lives in Clarksville, Tennessee, with her husband.

Books by Debra Coleman Jeter

The Ticket

The one thing that seems to be the answer to all of Tray's problems, could be her family's undoing. A story of a stroke of luck and the misfortune it brings.
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