I honestly did not think I would like this book as much as I have. I have stayed up late in the night to finish it which is something I have not done in a long time. So many issues are packed into this middle grade book, racism, learning disabilities, family, financial struggle, growing up. However the author weaves all of the issues together without being forced. The result is that the reader feels exactly what you felt growing up. We all deal with so many complex situations at once and emotions. It truly felt like the story was alive. All of the issues discussed in the book are historical fiction however they are the same issues that we face today and especially in the past year and a half. I think that readers of all ages can relate to our main heroine in different ways. The little pieces of poetry were sprinkled throughout the novel and just added to its beauty. I was amazed at how many feelings the author could pack into a small poem and I normally do not enjoy poetry that much! If you are on the fence about reading, take the jump, you will not regret it!