Rachel sometimes complains about details of her impoverished upbringing in a way that may be enlightening to some readers. While I raised my daughters in a neighborhood where children ride beat up bicycles and shopping at the thrift store is what everyone does, and I frequently make a mean scalloped tuna and saltine casserole, this will be completely alien to some very fortunate children.
This hits that hard-to-define sweet spot of sad but hopeful books that my students enjoy. The sense of place and cover are great, and I can see this being very popular! Pair this with Tyre's Hope in the Holler, Applegate's Crenshaw, Braden's The Benefits of Being an Octopus or Jacobson's The Dollar Kids.