Reviewed by Madalyn C. (age 12)
Since she does not get any allowance at Aunt Claudia?s house, Sarah Ida gets a job in the town, which is shining people?s shoes, at Al?s Shoeshine Corner. Sarah Ida doesn?t really like her job a first because she is not sure she really wants to work hard for her money. But she keeps working for Al, the old man who owns the Shoeshine Corner, and he teaches her how to shine the shoes, and she gets paid. By keeping her job, she learns about earning money.
One day, Al gets hurt while he?s cleaning in the Shoeshine Corner. Sarah Ida was sad because Al gets hurt so what she does is do her job while Al is at home getting better. When Sarah Ida is doing her work people come and get there shoes shined they give her money for Al.
The next day Sarah Ida goes to Al?s house to give him the money that people gave her to give to Al but then a kid named kicker tells Sarah Ida that she has to be careful around there because there are gangs that can take her money that she got for Al. Then Sarah Ida gives Al the money and tells him to feel better. Then, she goes back to her mom?s house and she tells her that she knows how to be responsible about money now.
I liked when Sarah Ida went out to get a job because now she got money and she becomes responsible. I don?t like when Al gets hurt and goes to the hospital, because Sarah Ida is crying. She really likes Al a lot since she started working for him. This book reminds me of when my sister, Rosa, was trying to look for a job, to earn money for herself to buy things she wanted.
I recommend this book to kids that are ages nine and up because this book is a little sad, because older kids could understand the meaning of the things that happen in the story. I also recommend this book to people who are trying to find jobs.