After visiting his mother in prison on his seventh birthday, Raymond wishes it were his ninth birthday when Mama has promised to be home with his dad and him.
Family Relationships; Incarceration; mother in prison; visitor's day
mother and father
Society of School Librarians International Book Awards, 1996, Honor, Language Arts K-6 Novels
Children's Choices, 1997 Young Readers (Ages 6-8)
Kaleidoscope, A Multicultural Booklist for Grades K-8, Third Edition, 2001
mothers and sons; birthdays; unease; feelings; missing a parent; car trip; theft; larceny
Testa, Maria, "Nine Candles" (1996). Diverse Families. 175.