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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Chapter 30 Summary
Daddy Bailey invites Maya to spend the summer with him in southern California. Sounds nice, right? Wrong. When she gets there, she meets her father's girlfriend Dolores, who is a bit disappointed that Maya is a tall, skinny teenager instead of a cute little kid. Dolores is also uptight and persnickety. She and Maya don't get along very well, to say the least. One day Daddy Bailey announces that he is going to take Maya along on one of his trips to Mexico to get groceries. Maya is psyched, Dolores is not. When they arrive in Mexico, everyone is excited to see Daddy B. He's a total celeb. Maya also sees a different side of her dad here. Before he was, you know, that guy. Now he's super chill. It's fiesta time. Maya dances, eats pork rinds, and drinks Coke. Sounds like a pretty swell time. But after a while, she realizes she hasn't seen her dad, and she panics. Maybe he's sold her into slavery, she thinks. Gulp. Okay, so he didn't sell her—turns out he's just drunk. After she finds him, he passes out in the car. Maya panics again because she doesn't want to sleep in Mexico. Her solution? Drive home. Oh, the only problem is that she has never driven before, and doesn't even know how to turn on a car. Also, they are on a mountain. In Mexico. This may not be the best idea ever. Unsurprisingly, Maya crashes into another car. The people in the car threaten to call the police until Daddy Bailey wakes up and, as usual, sorts everything out. On the ride home, Maya is upset that her dad wasn't impressed with her awesome driving skills.
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