- Author: Jane Leslie Conly
- Read Aloud Grade Range: 4 - Adult
- Read Alone Grade Range: 5 - Adult
- Newbery Award
- Binding: pb
- Pages: 192
As he tries to come to terms with his mother's death, Vernon finds solace in his growing relationship with the neighborhood outcasts, a "crazy" lady named Maxine and her retarded son Ronald.
When social services tries to put Ronald into a special home, Vernon discovers what true love is all about. A heartfelt, inspiring story.