When Jeannette was alone in her house, a man from child services came by claiming a neighbour had called saying her parents were neglecting her and her siblings. He left promising to come back later, but Jeanette wanted nothing to do with him, “Except for Erma, I had never hated anyone more than I had hated that child-welfare man” (Walls 194). Afterwards, Jeannette’s mom resolved to get a job. Jeannette’s mother received a job as a teacher. Jeannette and Lori made a budget in order for the family to have enough food in the house. Rose Mary would also still have a generous allowance, as well as over time install insulation and water heating. But their mom never handed over the money so they continued living as they had before Jeannette’s mom got a job. “So even though she had a steady job, we were living pretty much like we had before” (Walls 198). Jeannette began grade seven (high school) that fall, and found out Dinitia was pregnant. She tried to visit her, but Dinitia’s mother’s boyfriend, who Dinitia later stabbed to death, opened the door and refused to let Jeannette in. Jeannette herself wanted a guy to show interest in her, but knew that her buck teeth wasn’t one of her most attractive features so she made herself braces. Jeannette started working for the school newspaper with the teacher for which she was named after. She had her first real sense of what was going on in the world, instead of the warped version her parents often gave her, and decided she wanted to be a reporter.