* Anita, the main character in the book, lives in the Dominican Republic. in school, she sits with her cousin Carla .
* Carla's mother comes to the classroom; Carla is told to pack her belongings and she leaves with her mother.
* Carla's family has been given permission to leave the country. They will be moving to the United States.
* At home, Anita helps Carla chose the one item she can take with her. It is her jewelry box.
* Anita feels sad as her immediate family will be the last of her extended family remaining in the country.
* Anita helps Chucha move into the house. Chucha is an old woman who has cared for every baby in the family.
* Chucha wears purple, sleeps in her coffin, and she often has dreams in which she can see the future.
* Chucha tells Anita she will see her cousins again but only...
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