Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff -- LaVaughn has high aspirations: she wants to go to college, something that people in her neighborhood rarely do. To make money for college, she takes a job babysitting Jeremy and Jilly, the two children of a girl only a few years older than LaVaughn herself. Can LaVaughn work and keep up with her studies, or will she get pulled into the drama of the struggling family she's working for?
verse novel is a quick, thought-provoking read as LaVaughn searches for
balance. I enjoyed it, but probably will not bother with the sequels.
(Reviewed from my personally purchased copy.)