Fifth-grader Annie is the youngest of nine children. With one brother and seven sisters, all she’s known are hand-me-down clothes and zero attention from her overworked parents. Like all children, she accepts the circumstances and copes as best she can – including occasional beatings from her mother. To disguise her dyslexia, she plays with complicated imaginary mathematical formulas. Being cheerful seems to be the only thing she does well.
As Annie becomes more aware of the differences between her life and her peers’, her resilient coming of age grows in a humorous, believable manner. Ultimately, her incredible mathematical skills, which have been scorned by her siblings, are recognized.
Kemie Nix ©2018 Parents’ Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children’s Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents’ Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.