“...a refreshing, true story
of a young Florida girl
with indomitable spirit!”
Set in Florida primarily in the 1915-1920 time frame, young Midgie’s
mother needs hospitalization and treatment for the after effects of the
Spanish flu that is fast becoming a case of tuberculosis.
Midgie’s father, a railroad telegrapher living in a small town south of
Ocala, must make hard choices regarding how to care for his two
children while his wife is being treated. He must work a 12-hour shift,
seven days a week. He moves the family to Jacksonville, Florida, into
an historic neighborhood called Springfield, just north of the city’s
Just as Midgie begins to make new friends in the multi-ethnic
neighborhood, her father determines he must send Midgie and her
brother, Henry, to stay with relatives—Henry back down to Ocala, Midgie
to relatives living in Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina.
After a horrible experience with the Alabama relatives, Midgie is sent
to Chattanooga, Tennessee and then to Hartsville, South Carolina.
During these extended visits, Midgie learns many important lessons
about life and how to cope with disappointment and disruptions in her life. When she returns to Springfield, she is able to put her new understanding to good use with her friends.