Eleven-year-old Joyce lives with her reclusive uncle, Old Dad, who runs the town garbage dump--which is why the kids at school call her the Dump Queen. Her only friend is Mrs. Fish, the new school custodian whose wild outfits and uninhibited personality inspire her nickname, ""Crazy Fish."" When Mrs. Fish is around, everything in Joyce's life seems okay. So when fiercely independent Old Dad falls ill, Joyce must convince him to accept her friend's help.
""The most imaginative and impressive novel of Norma Fox Mazer's award-winning career.""--Publishers Weekly
""Mazer is one of the best of the practitioners writing for young people today.""--The New York Times