If ever there was a book that proves that families come in all shapes and sizes, it’s Dicey’s Song. Just because Dicey and her siblings lost their parents doesn’t mean they can’t create a new family on their own. It may seem like a big cliché, but it’s true anyway: love is what really makes a family, no matter how messy things get.
Mr. Lingerle is the saddest character in the book, because he clearly lacks a family of his own.
It's only after Gram officially adopts her that Dicey slowly starts reaching out and making friends. She needs to know she has a stable home with a trustworthy adult before she can start trusting others.