by Kimberly Willis Holt
Twelve-year-old Tiger often feels like an outsider in her small Louisiana town. She has an unusual name - Tiger Ann Parker, and parents who are slow. Her father has trouble reading the bills, but is good at reading the weather. Her mother has the mind of a six-year-old. They all live together with Tiger's strong-willed grandmother.
Tiger longs to be like the other girls, but her parents' actions tend to affect her social standing. She is able to tell her troubles to her grandmother, but after her grandmother dies, Tiger feels lost. So when her aunt Dorie asks her to move to Baton Rouge, it's a chance for her to start over. It takes a hurricane and Aunt Dorie's cleaning lady, Magnolia, to help Tiger appreciate her parents and what they have always given her - complete love and support.
My Louisiana Sky is a rewarding coming-of-age story, told with quiet truth and dignity.