Chapter 8 Summary

In the days following her talk with Gram, Dicey makes a conscious effort to continue to "reach out" to the people around her, starting with Mina and Jeff. Mina walks with her over to Millie Tydings' store after school, and Dicey admits that her infamous essay had been about Momma, who is in the hospital and is not expected to "ever get better." Dicey tells Mina that Gram is going to adopt her and her siblings, and Mina says that although she has never met her grandmother, she has heard about her. Knowing that Gram has the reputation of being eccentric, Dicey thoughtfully comments that what Mina has heard about her "probably isn't true."

Sammy gets into another fight, but aside from admitting that the conflict had been...

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