Charlie Anne is devestated when her father must go up north to build roads after the Depression hits. She and her siblings are left with their rigid cousin, Mirabel, and a farm full of chores. The only solace Charlie Anne finds is by the river, where the memory of her mother is the strongest.
"I watch the wagon
until I see nothing on the open plain.
For the first time ever,
I am alone." Caroline Starr Rose
May is sent to help out on a neighbor's homestead---just until Christmas, her pa promises. But when a terrible turn of events leaves her all alone, she must try to find food and fuel---and courage--- to make it through the approaching winter.
I looked down at her on the porch.
"It's okay, dog. I won't hurt you. I want to be friends."
She stretched her nose out toward me, it went crazy, sniffing quick and loud.
Oh! That big brown nose was cold as ice and nice and wet. And her saggy jowls that brushed against my hand as she sniffed it all over, they were velvety soft.
Her tail thumped, and she laid her head back on her front paws, and when I took my next scootch, she didn't move a whit." K.A. Nuzum
As in past years, Lily will spend the summer in Rockaway, in her family's summer house by the Atlantic Ocean. But this summer of 1944, World War II has changed everyone's life. Lily's best friend, Margaret, has moved to a wartime factory town, and, much worse, Lily's father is going overseas to the war.