Miranda - She is a sixth grade student living in New York City during the late 1970s and is the only child of a single mother.
Miranda's Mother - She is an unhappy woman who once aspired to be a lawyer but had to give up her dreams because she had a child.
Richard - He is a lawyer with the law firm where Miranda's mother works.
Sal - He is Miranda's best friend who begins walking home without her and avoiding her at lunch.
Marcus - He is a large, powerful boy, who has little interest in bullying other kids, preferring to read math books.
Annemarie - Annemarie is a student in Miranda's class who is epileptic and not supposed to eat bread.
Julia - She is the daughter of wealthy people who like to travel and she likes to talk a lot about herself.
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