Dependable, Young Adult, Family, Death, Business, Great Depression, Secret
Melia’s mother has just died. Melia doesn't know who her father is, but she has two siblings to support and a gas station to run. If anyone finds out that the kids are alone, they could get split up and the gas station that their mother worked so hard to build would be lost. But then Hiram drops into their lives. He’s certainly down on his luck and most likely unreliable, but they need someone who can pretend to be their dad, and he needs somewhere to sleep. At first, they keep Hiram around out of desperation, but he gradually becomes part of the family. Hiram has a lot of life experience and knows things about running a business that Melia has only guessed at. With Hiram’s help, the business becomes more successful than it ever has been. But it still might not be enough to keep the family together.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 40:
10, Article 14.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol40/iss10/14