Living in their car,
keeping sister safe –
staying strong… how long?
Lulu likes this small Montana town with its library and food bank and laundromat. The twelve year old and little sister Serena go to school, and Dad has found work. But no one knows they’re living in their car or that Mama died back in Texas.
Thankful for the coats given out as cold weather comes in, Lulu stays quiet at school even though snooty Deana’s friends make fun of her out of style clothes. Lively classmate Jack gives Lulu his milk at lunch every day and asks her to try out for the school musical. Serena learns to fold origami paper cranes, just like in the book that Lulu’s class read.
One morning, Dad leaves before the girls wake up and doesn’t come home that night, or the next…
Serena and Lulu can’t tell anyone, or Social Services will separate them, like they tried to when Aunt Ruth got tired of keeping the girls when Daddy left after Mama died – but he came back then, so he’ll come back now, right?
Daddy’s wallet in the car has enough money for a week’s RV park rent and a bit more – what will they do when that runs out?
Lulu auditions for the musical – what if rehearsals run longer than Serena’s afterschool care hours?
Early fall snow means Lulu can’t cook outside – how will they stay warm all night in the car without eating a hot dinner?
As she folds paper cranes to grant her wish that Daddy will come back soon, Lulu does her best to keep up with what she and Serena need to get by… alone.
What services for homeless families does your town have?