This is a devastating read. Throughout the book I wanted to reach out and take Baby home. It is such a waste of life and talent that so many children live like this in our country. Having been a teacher for more than 20 years, I have seen children who have had to survive as Baby did. Unfortunately, few of them had the superior intelligence of this character or the drive to study and succeed that she had. It is written in an authentic child's voice which I think is a rare thing. I recommend it for the excellent writing but with the warning that one needs to read it when one is in the right mood. It can be hard to handle if you know someone who is, or has been, in a similar situation.