This first-person, present-tense narrative makes Addy’s story vibrant and realistic. In a manner befitting a young girl, she asks universal questions: Who am I? How should I behave? Laced with humor, ingenuousness, and wisdom, her voice rings true. The story is gripping and filled with interesting characters. Addy ultimately returns to the Russells where she helps deliver their first child and then uses her knowledge of herbal medicine – learned from Momma and a Choctaw woman – to cure mother and baby of fevers. She opines that hardships can be character builders and concludes that just because she was born into No-Bob, it does not mean she has to stay.