When 11-year-old Ellie Dingman's story begins , it is 1963. It is the year her mother is crowned the Bosetti Beauty at Mr. Bosetti's supermarket, the President John F. Kennedy is assassinated and the year the Dingman family begins to fall apart. "Martin paints a well-articulated picture of the times, but it is her memorable characters that shine here."—SLJ Includes AFTER WORDS bonus features. For Mature Readers.