In 1934 Kit finds that she has hard lessons to learn about the Depression both at home, where she is helping her mother run a boarding house while her father looks for a new job, and at school, where a fight spoils the preparations for the Thanksgiving pageant.
While her father is away fighting in World War II, Molly finds her life full of change as she eats terrible vegetables from the victory garden and plans revenge on her brother for ruining her Halloween.
After being orphaned, Nellie and her two younger sisters find hope when Samantha's family in New York City wants to adopt the girls, but when Uncle Mike shows up and threatens to ruin it all, Nellie must find a way to keep her promise to her dying mother without losing her new family.
On a visit to Cincinnati from rural Kentucky during the Great Depression, Aunt Millie impresses Kit with her money-saving cleverness. Includes information on life in America during the Great Depression.
Ten-year-old Molly and her friend Susan have different ideas about how to present their school report on George Washington. Includes historical notes on George Washington and a recipe for cherry-nut cupcakes.
In the early 1800s, nine-year-old Josefina accompanies her father into the New Mexican mountains to check on the elderly shepherd who works for him, and she proves herself a good traveling companion when her father has an accident.
Nine-year-old Josefina wants to give up learning to play the piano until she sees how much joy her music gives to her baby nephew. Discusses the importance of music on the New Mexican frontier and describes how to dance La Vaquerita.
Molly feels that everything in her life has changed when her father goes off to England to help wounded soldiers and her beloved aunt joins the Women's Airforce Service Pilots. Includes a section on women pilots in the armed services, and a project related to the story.
A modern-day girl finds herself in 1933 Cincinnati, Ohio, and as she and Kit experience life during the Great Depression, the reader is invited to choose how Kit might help her family and others who are less fortunate.