Time drags by for Winnie Foster, an eleven-year-old girl who lives in a house bordering the woods owned by her family. Winnie spends her summer days under the watchful eye of her grandmother. Most of the time it's too hot to be out in the sun, and when Winnie does actually venture outside, she never goes beyond the fence of the yard. This book is about a young girl who gets kidnapped and then adopted into a family. This book could be used in a classroom to discuss changes and new experiences. Students can write a journal entry on how the felt during this new experience and how it affected their lives.