The premise: In Bittersweet, Alabama, times are tough, but to Lizzie Hawkins, her times are the toughest. When her daddy lost his job due to the Depression, he deserted the family, and now Lizzie's mama has lost all hope. It's up to Lizzie to keep things from falling completely apart, but she hasn't even turned twelve yet. The bank is after her house, there's a new and very mean girl in town, and Lizzie's best friend Ben is slipping away. Lizzie's not sure she can hold it all together . . .
What I loved: The change and growth in Lizzie. She's taking care of way more than any almost twelve-year-old should be, and she makes mistakes, but she learns from those mistakes. Which is a pretty huge thing for anyone of any age. And although this story is set in the 1930's, readers of today will (almost) forget they're reading about the past because Laura Golden has written something so relevant to the here and now.
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