That is, until Sophie Bowman transfers into her class at All Saints School for Girls. Fearless, articulate, and passionate, Sophie questions authority and protests injustice. She not only doesn't care about getting in trouble, she actually seems to be looking for it. And she's happy to be Francine's best friend.
The nuns think Sophie is a bad influence on Francine. Francine thinks just the opposite. Because of Sophie, Francine finds herself worrying about things that never bothered her before: the atom bomb, free speech, Communists, the blacklist...and deciding, for the first time, that she wants to be heard.
"Sure to provoke lively class discussion, this will easily absorb independent readers in search of a rich, satisfying story about early adolescence." (Booklist)
"Cushman creates another introspective female character who is planted firmly in her time and who grows in courage [and] self-awareness." (School Library Journal)