1. What is Yolanda thinking about as the novel opens?
The novel opens with Yolanda thinking about the two terrible things that have happened recently.
2. What is one terrible thing that has happened lately?
One terrible thing that has happened lately is that a kid came into school with a gun, and shot his fellow students and a teacher. One kid, Willie Meredith is now dead.
3. What is the other terrible thing that has happened recently?
The other terrible thing that has happened recently is that Momma found a tiny bag of cocaine in seven-year-old Andrew's pocket. He is given the drugs by some pushers at the playground who said it would help his Momma, who is always tired. Andrew didn't know the bag contained drugs.
4. Why does Momma decide to move from Chicago?
After these two terrible things, Momma decides to move her family away from Chicago to a much safer neighborhood in Grand River, Michigan.
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