Chapter 4 Summary

At the end of October, Gram meets with the children's teachers. Afterwards, she announces that she and Dicey will be going to the mall in Salisbury on Saturday, to shop and to talk about what was said at the conferences. Mr. Lingerle will come by to watch the younger children, and when Gram and Dicey return, the whole family will discuss what the teachers have said. Gram tells everyone that there were "good things and bad things" communicated during the meetings, but "nothing that made me regret you living here with me."

Gram is silent on the long bus ride into the city, and she is all business when she and Dicey arrive. At the mall, she goes directly to a little store that sells yarn, and buys enough to make sweaters...

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