Iggie’s House just wasn’t the same. Iggie was gone, moved to Tokyo. And there was Winnie, cracking her gum on Grove Street, where she’d always lived, with no more best friend and two weeks left of summer.
Then the Garber family moved into Iggie’s house — two boys, Glenn and Herbie, and Tina, their little sister. The Garbers were black and Grove Street was white and always had been. Winnie, a welcoming committee of one, set out to make a good impression and be a good neighbor. That’s why the trouble started. Because Glenn and Herbie and Tina didn’t want a “good neighbor.” They wanted a friend and everyone isn't as welcoming as Winnie.
"As the tensions among neighbors mount, Winnie learns there is more to people than just the color of their skin as she discovers that, rather than focusing on being a good neighbor, she should just be a friend.... Through the trials of one neighborhood, [readers] learn about racial tension from a child's point of view." -- School Library Journal