Because his divorced mother has been taking drugs and leaving him alone for hours at a time, Robert goes to live with his grandparents while his mother gets help. Robert likes living with his grandparents: he has a nice room, good food, and a basketball hoop in the driveway. But he’s embarrassed at the thought of his grandmother visiting on parents’ day.
Robert’s thoughts and actions ring true (as does his discovery that some other classmates also live with grandparents), but that’s not the case with the story’s happy ending, which shows classmates cheering Robert’s relative on to become class grandmother and shows Robert walking off at the end of the day holding his grandmother’s hand. Hinton’s realistic watercolors depict a struggling African American family with dignity and grace.
Publication Date: 1995-01-01
Size – 240mm x 215mm