It's hard enough being the new kid in school. It's even tougher when all of your new classmates live in big houses and wear expensive clothes, while your parents have little and are risking everything just to give you a chance at a better life.
Now Janie's about to do something that will make her stand out even more among the rich kids at Satterthwaite School. Something that will have everyone wondering just who Janie Sams really is. And something that will mean totally unexpected changes for Janie and her family.
Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle grade novels, including The Missing series and the Shadow Children series. A graduate of Miami University (of Ohio), she worked for several years as a reporter for The Indianapolis News. She also taught at the Danville (Illinois) Area Community College. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio. Visit her at HaddixBooks.com.
"Readers will likely warm up to this appealing novel's perceptive, independent-minded title character."
"A warmhearted tale of a self-possessed girl who is determined to make life better for her parents."
"The combination of cozy and challenging elements will make this a good fit for many young readers."
"This thoughtful story shows a girl's faith in family, the importance of welcoming new students, and that money really isn't everything. Recommended."