What a delightful find! Based on the childhood of the author's mother, this tale is told in verse, the perfect medium for the story. Edith is in the middle of the twelve children of the Paul family, expected to help with the family restaurant, and take care of the littler ones. Throughout the year chronicled in the book, she searches for some sort of identity, some uniqueness as the Depression rages, money is tight, and her family experiences tragedy. Edith is not the best student in her class, but she is encouraged by a caring teacher, her mother and grandmothers to think about college. A beautiful story of hope, family, and figuring out who you are.