The author of this book, Louise Fitzhugh, is one of the best American novelists, ever. Better known for Harriet the Spy, Nobody's Family is Going to Change is a masterpiece. A brother and his sister each struggle to get what they need out of their family and their city, despite their lack of power and their parents' inability to hear them. It's a straightforward type of story, but in less than 200 pages, they each explore every alternative that the powerless have ever used against the powerful, and all this at a true child's speed. Demanding, insistent, unequivocal. There is more in this short novel than in many series of adult fiction.
Eleven-year-old Emma and her little brother Willie must find a way to overcome their father's opposition to their respective dreams of becoming a lawyer and a dancer. An ALA Notable Book. Reprint.