When her great-grandmother becomes ill, Charell, a young African-American girl, is taken to the home of strangers. She does not remember their names or where she lived, but she recalls the abuse and loneliness. She recalls watching her belongings being thrown into trash bags and the lies she has to tell other kids because she does not want to admit she is a foster child. She does not want to admit that her mother struggles with substance abuse, her father is drug dealer imprisoned for murder and that she does not have a permanent place to be. School becomes the only place where Charell feels safe, where she feels rewarded. Despite bouncing around from school to school, never starting and finishing a year at the same place, Charell finds solace in learning and decides she wants to be more than the sum of the parts that brought her to this place in life.
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