- Author: Betty Smith
- Read Aloud Grade Range: 9-a
- Read Alone Grade Range: 9 - Adult
- Binding: pb
- Pages: 528
Betty Smith's frank writing about life's squalor and the book's humor and pathos ensured its place in the realm of classics. The New York Public Library has rated it "one of the books of the century."
Francie Nolan has much to ponder in colorful, turn-of-the-century Brooklyn. She grows up with a sweet but tragic father and a severely realistic mother. Francie learns early the meaning of hunger and the value of a penny. Like the tree in a city that grows through cement or through a cellar grating, she struggles against all odds to survive and thrive in the hard world that surrounds her.