Chapter 1* A 10-year-old girl thinks about death and dying as the family stays at another home while their roof is being repaired. * From the yard of the girl's house, she can see a cemetery and specks of people in the distance. * The girl's mother explains that when the people are at the cemetery early in the morning, they are burying children. * The girl expresses her fear of dead people. * The girl and her family move back to their house on Dickinson Bay Street -- no cemetery in sight. * Nalda, the daughter of her mother's friend, dies. * The girl's father builds Nalda's coffin. * The girl's mother bathes and dresses Nalda for burial since undertakers won't dress children. * The girl's best friend, Sonia, is a dunce, but the girl helps her with homework and spelling her own name. * The girl buys Sonia treats with money she takes from her mother's...
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