This was a wonderful book about family and making it through tough times. I enjoyed Harper Lee Morgan as a narrator very much. She lives up to her name by being as spunky and thoughtful as the real Harper Lee's Scout.
Harper's poems are good and I enjoyed hearing how she experienced a situation twice, once through the narration and then again in the poem. Harper is so observant and sharp; I appreciated her views.
Not only was Harper a good narrator, but there were other colorful characters as well. Winnie Rae Early is the mean girl that Harper fights with. Loraine is a young girl that doesn't talk after she lost everything in a fire. And finally, Dorothy was a kind old lad who looked like a bag lady at first, but Harper Lee learns there's a lot more to people than what you notice on your first glance.
I liked this book because it was real. Some books out there are all about getting messed up on drugs and the subject matter is extreme. Those books are good and important, but this story just seemed pure. Harper is there for her mom and brother. Plush, we are all hearing about economy blues and how people are losing their jobs and that is just what happens here.