Sophie thinks it's all her fault when her mom goes into labor early, almost losing the baby. Her mom has lost many babies before, and having Aunt Rae in the household doesn't make things easier. There are many secrets crowding the small house and Sophie is in the dark about most of them. Through lots of listening and connecting the dots, Sophie discovers a lot about her family, but comes to accept them.
Good for reluctant readers--the chapters are titled and short, and the entire book is only 103 pages with large font. Most of the plot is told through dialogue. I was a little worried about the oven scene--you'll see what I mean if you read it!
FYI Illinois school librarians--the setting is rural northern Illinois--there is mention of Joliet and Illinois Normal College. Sophie's family is Italian-American and the boy she has a crush on is Polish-American.