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; Single parent; Incarceration; mom in prision; single dad
Children's Choices,1997 International Reading Association
Kaleidoscope, A Multicultural Booklist for Grades K-8, Third Edition,2001 National Council of Teachers of English
Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve,2002 California Department of Education
Society of School Librarians International Book Awards, 1996 Honor United States
mothers and sons; birthdays
Testa, Maria, "Nine Candles" (1996). DIVerse Families. 175.