The Silver Star, by Jeannette Walls.

WallsJeannette Walls has a lot of experience with crazy mothers and in this book she tackles the topic fictionally.   When Liz is fifteen and Bean (Jean– aha!) is twelve, their  mother ups & leaves.  When the “bandersnatchers” (police) turn up at their home, the girls board a Greyhound to the town where their mother grew up.  As usual, initially, what the parent hates about the place, the children love.

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