Annie's grandmother used to be lots of fun, but things have changed. Now Grandma is the mayor, and she doesn't have much time to spend with Annie anymore. With Grandma suddenly very busy and important, Annie feels left out. But late one night, after a terrible fire breaks out in a neighborhood apartment building, Annie comes to feel proud of her capable, caring grandmother — and of herself, too! Young readers will cheer for Annie as she discovers her own community spirit and the pride and pleasure that come from giving of oneself.
Marjorie White Pellegrino grew up in Tuckahoe, New York, in a home where everyone volunteered in the community. Her dad served in elective office for more than 20 years. She knows that sometimes it's hard to share the ones you love with so many other people, but she also knows the good feeling you get when you help the place where you live become even better.
Marge has lived in Tucson, Arizona, since 1979. In the organizations she volunteers for, the words she writes, and the workshops she teaches, she tries to build a spirit of community.