This is told in the voice of 12-year-old Edna Arkins, somewhat like Ellen Foster except that Edna's life is not as troubled as Ellen's. The voice here is quite convincing, dwelling on just the sort of things you'd expect a 12-year-old girl in the 1960s to be concerned about. The most interesting part of the book for me was the Music Notebook at the back. It gives brief histories of the various music styles of the South and some musician bios. Not a lot of detail, but it was surprising how much I learned. And it has some fine and funky mixed media artwork.The version I read was the original from 1988, so it looks different than the 1999 one pictured here. This more recent version may not have the Music Notebook in the back, which would be a bummer. Look for the one with a blue cover and a picture of houses and upside down angels on the front.