" Golden Kite Award winner, 1989 Booklist, Editor's Choice School Library Journal, Best Books of 1988 Publisher's Weekly, Best Books of 1988 Twelve-year-old Amanda Perritt is pitched head-first into adult responsibilities when she has to quit school to care for her newborn brother and invalid mother. She gets an excape, she thinks, when she's offered a trip to stay with her grandmother and her sophisticated Aunt Laura in Memphis. But during the visit, she discovers unexpected parallels between her mother's childhood and her own and comes to understand her own individuality as well as what it means to be part of a family.
"A choice coming-of-age story, whose telling is subtle and whose writing is vivid." -- Booklist (starred review)
"A new large paperback edition of what should be a classic and on the must read list for young adults." -- Bourbon Times
"The beauty of the book is the simple reading and the powerful story that Lyon presents." -- Floyd County Times
"Lyon never uses her first-person narrator to talk down to young readers. Instead, she provides a singular voice to tell an equally singular story." -- New York Times Book Review
"Lyon's simple yet penetrating observations on families and love convey truths as pertinent to adults as to youthful readers." -- Publishers Weekly
"A many layered story of near tragedies and funny incidents, family history and bonds, and a girl who comes to understand her family and how much she loves each member of it." -- School Library Journal (starred review)
"Teens will admire Amanda's resilience." -- Southern Living