‘Bee’ is an orphan who lives with a traveling carnival. Every day
she endures taunts for the birthmark on her cheek – though her
beloved Pauline, the only person who has ever cared for her, tells
her it is a precious diamond. When Pauline is sent to work for
another carnival, Bee is lost. Then scruffy dog Peabody shows up, as
unwanted as she, and Bee realizes that she must find a home for them
Charlie Anne is devastated when her father must go north to build roads after the Depression hits. She and her siblings are left with their rigid cousin, Mirabel, and a farm full of chores. The only solace Charlie Anne finds is by the river, where the memory of her mother is strongest.
Lenore is Cornelia’s mother—and Cornelia’s fix-up project. What does it matter that Cornelia won’t talk to anyone and is always stuck in the easiest English class at school, even though she’s read more books than anyone else? She feels strong in the fixing.