This section provides a short description of all the major characters in the book. This can be printed out as a study guide for students, used as a "key" for leading a class discussion, or you can jump to the quiz/homework section to find worksheets that incorporate these descriptions into a variety of question formats.
Grandma Dowdel - This character is Mary Alice's elderly grandmother, and she serves as the heart of the novel.
Mary Alice - This character is fifteen years old at the beginning of the novel. Her parents are so poor that they cannot afford to keep her, so she is shipped off to live with her Grandma in a rural town south of Chicago.
Ina-Rae Gage - This character is a mousy, rail-thin girl in Mary Alice's high school class. She is the one girl who treats Mary Alice with kindness, and...
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