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Children's LiteratureFed up with her abusive boyfriend Max, eleven-year-old Indigo's Mum moves her family into a dirty and gloomy basement flat. Once settled, Mum and Indigo enthusiastically refurbish their apartment. But soon Mum is depressed and neglects herself and her children. Indigo is overwhelmed with concern for her Mum, her schoolwork, caring for her toddler sister Misti, and household chores. Sadly, Indigo keeps her emotions bottled up. Desperate for help, Indigo calls Mum's only friend, Jane. One night Indigo overhears Mum tell Jane that she called Max. Mum makes matters worse when she agrees to see Max again and asks Indigo to baby-sit Misti. Hours later the young girls are awakened by police officers who take them to see their bruised and battered Mum in the hospital. After a three-month hiatus with Indigo's Gran, Indigo's family looks forward to a bright future. In this title, author Cassidy writes about several important issues--domestic violence, depression, family bonds, and friendship. This story has social value because it demonstrates to the young reader that even the most difficult problems can be overcome. 2005, Viking, Ages 10 up.
—Mary Jo Edwards