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Young Aline is twelve years old in 1942. She loves her family but is embarrassed by their poverty. The other girls at school don’t raise chickens or take in boarders to make money. Angry that her mother can't spare a dime for a collection drive at school, Aline steals it from her purse. As she seeks to make amends, she reevaluates everything she held to be true, including her relationship with her sworn enemy, Jeanine (whose family is even poorer than Aline's), and comes to the understanding that it's not material wealth that brings happiness, but life's bright and shining moments, which can happen under any circumstances.
A Note From the Publisher
Deb Loughead is the author of more than 40 books for children and young adults, ranging from poetry and plays to picture books and novels, many of them in translation. This time she has drawn on her mother's childhood tales to weave a warm and engaging novel. Deb has conducted writing workshops and held readings for children and adults at schools, festivals, and conferences across the country. She lives with her husband Dan in Toronto. Her three adult sons have long flown the coop.