10 year old ashley and her five other family members are poor. They live in an old, run-down house that is too small for them all. Over the years, they have learnt to stay positive even when times are hard.
Ashely gets picked on by others at school for having an old, second-hand uniform and holes in her shoes. She is especially picked on by Milly and Molly, the world's meanest twins in her opinion.
On the way home from school, Ashley sees a magazine lying on the floor. There is an ad on the front cover for a children's writing competition and the winner gets $100,000. Ashley decided that she would enter the competition and try to win.
Ashley runs straight home and starts thinking of story ideas. She comes up with a dozen ideas but none feel right. She then decides to just write about her life with her family and the struggles they have faced.
Nearly exactly a month after Ashley submitted her story, she got a letter in the mail. She opened the letter and was shocked to see that she had won! Ashley threw the letter in the air in excitement and her parents had tears of joys.
Ashley's parents were so proud of her and used the money she had won to buy all the kids new clothes and redecorate the house. From then on, Ashley kept in writing and started to follow her passion of becoming an author.