Debbie is wishing something would happen. Something good. To her.
Soon. In the meantime, Debbie loses a necklace and finds a necklace (and boy does the necklace have a story to tell), she goes jeans shopping with her mother (an accomplishment in diplomacy), she learns to drive shift in a truck (illegally), she saves a life (directly connected to being able to drive, thus proving something), she takes a bus ride to another town (in order to understand what it feels like to be from elsewhere), she meets a boy (who truly is from elsewhere), but mostly she hangs out with her friends Patty, Hector, Lenny, and Phil. Their paths cross.
Their stories crisscross. And in Lynne Rae Perkinss remarkable book, a girl and her wish grow up. Illustrated throughout with blackandwhite pictures, comics, and photographs by the author.
Ages 10+ Winner of the 2006 Newbery Medal