It is the Great Depression and lots of people are out of work, including Pop who has lost his job at the bank. He decides to move his three kids to the country in the hopes that there will be another job available. So Pop, Rachel, Joey and Cassie leave the city and Miss Mitzi and move to a farm in the middle of nowhere. But times are hard in the country too; the school and library are closed and there are no jobs for Pop. So he leaves the kids to take a job building a road far away. Rachel, Joey and Cassie have to learn to cope by themselves.
This was a great story. Giff does a wonderful job conveying the hopelessness and despair people felt during the Depression and the resourcefulness. The kids all have unique voices and personalities and do a remarkable job of surviving on their own. Yes, everything ends happily and maybe a little too perfectly, but it doesn’t diminish the struggle to get to that happy ending.