It was the summer of 1957.
As much as Tiger Ann Parker loved her family, she sometimes felt embarrassed by her mentally-disabled momma and her "slow" daddy. She wished they could be more like other kids' parents.
Guilt followed this embarrassment, and her heart weighed heavy.
To make life more complicated, the other girls in her class ostracized Tiger because of her momma and her best friend, Jesse Wade Thompson, started behaving ... mushy.
Luckily, Granny was around to see to things. She worked with Tiger's dad at the Thompson's garden, cooked, gave Tiger's momma chores to do and made sure everybody worked hard and was taken care of.
That was, until Granny suddenly passed away.
When her sophisticated Aunt Dorie Kay asked Tiger to come live with her in Baton Rouge, Tiger knew this might be her only chance of ever living a proper, normal life.
But could she leave her simple but passionate momma and kind, hardworking dad behind?
Your momma may have a simple mind, Tiger, but her love is simple too.
Tiger wanted badly for the girls in her class to like her, so much so she gave up playing baseball with Jesse Wade. In an interview included in this Square Fish edition, the author, Kimberly Willis Holt, recalled a time in her own childhood when she did somersaults to impress a bunch of popular girls. I remember times like that. Do you? What did you do to impress people you wanted to be friends with?
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by Kate Hanney
Really enjoyed the honest voice of this narrator ~ a teenager let down by his mother and the foster care system, and almost-picked up through his involvement with a gang.