Nine-year-old Isabelle and her class are learning how to write letters, and it's a good thing, too - for she has a lot to write to Papa about after he dies. First of all, her cat ran away; then her older sisters, Irma and Inez, both got boyfriends; little Ida hardly remembers Papa at all; and brother Ian is just plain mad to be left with a house full of females. As for Mama, ever since she sold Papa's filling station and got a job cleaning houses, she's always tired with a capital "T". But there's something much worse: Mama's family wants her to ship Isabelle off to live with her none-too-favourite aunt and uncle, to help lighten the load for Mama at home. Now who will be there to stop little Ida from calling Mama's new boss "Papa"?
Anne Ylvisaker (pronounced ILL vi'soccer) has published essays and magazine articles for adults, as well as non-fiction books for children. She was a teacher for twelve years and holds a master's in education. She lives in Minnesota, USA.