11-year-old Naomi Leon is doing just fine: though she is "nobody special" at school, she has a wonderful refuge with other forgotten kids in the school library, a wonderful little brother who always seems to see the bright side of things, and a loving great-grandmother to look after them both. Then one day the children's mother reappears in their lives. Terri Lynn (now called Sklya) comes in like a whirlwind, and it is soon very apparent that she is bent more on the destruction of the family than on reuniting it. This is a wonderful story. Naomi is a completely engaging character, and readers will quickly identify with her and her plight. Owen, Naomi's disabled younger brother, is a great character in his own right without any hint of stereotype. As Naomi and Owen try to deal with their mother's attempts to break up their family (she wants Naomi to move to Las Vegas with her and her new boyfriend), the reader will be on the edge of their seat. "Even though my life was a fog of the good and the bad, one thing was clear as a vinegar-shined window in my mind. I belonged with Gram and Owen. I wanted no part of living with Skyla, Clive, and Sapphire. If finding my father was my only hope, then I was going to latch on to every positive, forward-thinking, universe-tilting notion to fulfill that prophecy."