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Squashed in the Middle

Written by Elizabeth Winthrop, Illustrated by Pat Cummings

Henry Holt and Co.

2005

Everyone in her African-American family speaks for her. When she tries to speak for herself, no one listens. The breaking point comes when her friend invites her to a sleepover. Mother says that Daisy has never slept at someone's house, and her sister insists she will come home in the middle of the night. Daisy announces that she is going to Rosa's anyway, but no one hears. When the family finally goes in search of her, they discover a Daisy they never knew.