This Isn't about the Money by Sally Warner

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One moment Janey is part of an average American family, and the next she's alone in the desert, watching her parents' car burn after a drunk driver swerved into their lane. When Janey wakes up later in the hospital, she finds her face bandaged and learns that her grandfather and great-aunt are to become her new family. She and her little sister, YoYo, are orphans. But almost worse is the fact that five-year-old YoYo is reveling in the spotlight of "poor little orphan" and her great-aunt seems more concerned with suing the drunk driver than with her parents' deaths. Janey decides that it's up to her to keep her parents' spirit alive and not let YoYo forget her real family. Yet as time passes and memories of the accident grow less painful, she gradually sees that her new family loves her as much as her old one, just in a different way.

About Sally Warner

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Sally Warner ( has published more than twenty novels for young readers, including the Emma and EllRay Jakes series. She lives in Altadena, California with her husband and their not-so-miniature dachshund, Rocky.
Published September 1, 2002 by Viking Juvenile. 224 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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While there are other insightful, equally well-written novels with a similar premise, Warner's offers a twist—Aunt Baby (who Janey overhears angrily telling a social worker, "If I'd wanted kids, I would have had them") aggressively pursues a civil lawsuit against the driver, with the aim of getti...

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