Set in 1952, Blue is ten going on eleven, growing up in Vermont's Northern Kingdom. Found when she was just days old by Hannah, Blue has never known anything but life in this small, farming community. She and Hannah have always had just each other, although Blue is starting to question who her mother is.
Blue looks forward to her summers when her best (and only) friend, Nadine, comes for a time away from the big cities she is used to living in. This summer doesn't quite shape up like Blue plans as Nadine is entering her pre-teen years and seeing herself as better than Blue. The Korean War has also changed things; Nadine's brother is off fighting and her father is too busy with work to spend the summer with them.
Blue resolves to find her mother this summer, and spends her time investigating -attending quilting club meetings with Hannah, finding the local helper Raleigh's house (and a big surprise when she does), and plotting a way to go to California.
I loved every aspect of this book and have ordered a copy for my school's collection. While reading I couldn't help but feel as though the author's name, Natalie Kinsey Warnock, was familiar. After consulting Amazon, I was happy to remember another of the author's books, Lumbercamp Library, and how much I enjoyed it. I'm anxious to read more from this author and enjoy how she is able to draw on her own family's history for her writing.