At school, Lizzie is assigned to read The Orchids and Gumbo Poker Club, which is about a mother and daughter's relationship. She loves the book and wants to get closer to her own mother. Mrs. McGuire is more than happy to spend time with Lizzie. They make pottery together and are best friends. But when Mrs. McGuire tells Lizzie things she doesn't want to know, like that her grandmother wants to leave her grandfather and that at one time Mr. McGuire had a tax mix-up, Lizzie wishes she could go back to being the kid. Can Lizzie strike the delicate balance between being her mother's friend and her daughter? Plus, Lizzie tries to make time to hang out with her dad.
Used availability for Alice Alfonsi's The 'rents
January 2007 : USA Library Binding
August 2005 : USA Paperback