Afterword by Ann Peters
Cress Delahanty remains one of the most intrepid and beloved teenagers in all American literature. Amid the clotted oil fields and pungent orange groves of rural 1940s California, the young woman explores her family’s citrus ranch, worries about boys, attempts to negotiate the high school social ladder, and suffers embarrassments, big and small, in a tenacious search for her own identity.
"A story of adolescence brimming with humor and charm . . . and much true wisdom.'"
"West uses small town life to convey human events that warm the heart."
"West writes gracefully, occasionally poetically, in a voice both innocent and brave."