Henry Holt and Company
In 1968, after the death of her beloved Gramps, Delores "Itch" Colchester and her grandmother move from Florida to an Ohio trailer park, where she meets new people and, when she learns that a friend is being abused by her mother, tries her best to emulate her plain-spoken grandfather.
Family Relationships; Family member death; Kinship care; Legal guardianship; Family violence; death of a grandfather; grandmother raising grandchild; abused child; abusive mother
Children's Catalog Supplement to Nineteenth Edition, 2009
Middle and Junior High Schoool Library Catalog, Ninth Edition Supplement 2008, 2008
Sequoyah Book Award, 2010-2011
William Allen White Children's Book Award, 2010-2011
The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection
Cybils Awards, 2008, Finalist, Middle Grade Novels
IRA Children's and Young Adults' Book Award, 2009, Notable Book, Primary Fiction
child abuse; mothers; friendship; schools; Ohio; Florida; trailer; dancing; lying
Kwasney, Michelle D., "Itch" (2008). Diverse Families. 875.