berry manMeggie hates Old Sam, the berry-picking man. He smells bad, he talks to himself, and, worst of all, he likes Meggie. Why does Mama feel responsible for him? At nine, Meggie is the “baby” of the family. She figures this is the reason she has to accompany her mother whenever Old Sam calls Mama for a ride.

“Rich and true.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Simple, eloquent”
—Booklist starred review