Author: C.H. Armstrong
Page Count: 320
Publishing Date/Publisher: February 5, 2019 by Central Avenue Publishing
Review: This book would be an excellent assigned reading book for teens and pre-teens. I work in a community where many families are living out of cars or a single room, so the concept of homelessness and being stuck in a cycle of poverty is all too familiar to many of the people who frequent my library.
This book was very formulaic; however, this can be viewed as a positive attribute considering its targeted audience. The simplicity of the book puts it at an appropriate reading level for kids in Jr. High and High School and makes it more broadly relatable. It demonstrates that poverty does not always wear the face you expect, and it is not always evident when people are facing extreme hardships. I also appreciate that this book teaches empathy. For readers that can closely relate to Abby’s struggles, this book will show them that they are not alone and there are resources available to help them get through difficult times. I will absolutely be recommending this book to teachers and students who come into my library.