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'“Fogelin captures the fragility of this unique family with a lot of humor and great characters . . . the story has universal themes of coming of age and searching for one’s identity. Reluctant readers will like the short, fast-paced chapters.” ?School Library Journal “Americans tend to avoid discussing class differences, and this charming story about a girl who lives in a trailer with her chain-smoking, obese grandmother is something out of the ordinary . . . The lines between the classes become somewhat blurred and we understand that life is pretty much that way, and that a loving, close family is a treasure whatever circumstances they are living in.” ?Kliatt “Delivered in a wry voice that swings from laugh-out-loud funny to wrenching sadness, Rox’s narrative is neither sentimental nor condescending, and details of place, people, and class conflict emerge in plain poetic imagery . . .” ?Booklist “A Best of 2003 for Young Readers: Dead-on dialogue and strong, complex characters.” ?The Washington Post “. . . a richly drawn story of human dynamics, offering both support for people as they are and hope for their growth.” ?The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books'