Liberty and her eight-year-old sister have just lost their mother, and they're about to take a road trip with the father they have never known. He's a photographer, and Liberty shares his interest in wildlife - she knows a lot about ways that animals survive. But when she and Billie are abandoned at a gas station, hot and penniless, she'll have to use all her strategies to keep them together.
Liberty has to shoulder a lot of responsibility in this book, as is true with many similar books about kids with disrupted home lives. She doesn't always make healthy decisions, but the book is still suitable for fifth grade readers.
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