Daralynn was grounded last October for going fishing without permission. That's the only reason that she wasn't on the plane with her father and two siblings when the engine failed and it crashed to the ground. Now she and her mother are reeling from this tragedy, and dealing with it in their own separate ways. Daralynn's mother bottles up her feelings and lashes out in anger, spiteful at everyone around her, trying to find some sense of normalcy. Daralynn just wants to keep being a kid, but her mother won't let her out of her sight.
Meanwhile, a newcomer enters the tiny little town of Digginsville and starts to stir things up, including getting involved with Daralynn's vivacious aunt. But he might not be everything that he seems.
I loved this book! It is set in the past, which sometimes turns kids off, but except for certain references to movie stars, it feels just like any story set in a rural town. Daralynn's process of grief is something many kids will be able to relate to. All of the variety of characters are interesting and unique. I especially love Aunt Josie.