In Spite Fences, Pert Wilson was the loyal friend who helped Maggie Pugh stand up for her beliefs. Now Maggie has moved away from Kinship, Georgia, and 15-year-old Pert is aching for something more than the tiny community she’s always known. Her circle of trailer park neighbors and her supportive mother and older brother aren’t enough for Pert; she is lonesome for the father she has never met. But when Pert’s Daddy suddenly returns to Kinship and sets her neighborhood spinning, Pert is forced to reassess her concepts of home, loyalty, family, and kin.
- Pert Wilson learns “an important distinction between kinship and family, the former a blood tie that remains nothing more than a given of nature unless it is accompanied by a shared sense of responsibility backed by action.” — Houston Chronicle
- “A compelling, often humorous story of love and the true meaning of family…poignant and on target.” — Booklist
- Pert is a “multifaceted character who grows in the course of the story to understand that the word family can extend to those related by the heart.” — Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy
- “A rich and remarkable story.” — School Library Journal