When Jeannette was alone a person from child services came by claiming someone had called saying her parents were neglecting her and her siblings. He left promising to come back later, but he never did, and Jeannette’s mom resolved to get a job.
The demand for teachers was very high in Welch so Jeannette's Mother had gotten a job at an elementary school in Davy teaching remedial reading becasue of the low income in the house.
In the fall, Jeannetee begins to attend Welch High School.
Jeanette and Dinita pass notes in class. Dinita tells Jeanette she thinks shes pregnant.
Dinita is arrestred for stabbing her mothers boyfreind to death. As a reader you can guess that she killed him because he raped her and got her pregnant. It does not directly say that but it can be assumed with clues from the text.
Jeanette becomes self conscious about her teeth and realizes she needs braces. Unfortunately her family will never be able to afford them so she attempts to make her own. She starts to test different contraptions.