Ten-year-old Alice moves to Rainbow, Georgia with her mother and brother to take care of her grandmother. She misses her father and keeps telling herself that he’ll show up soon and take her home to Columbus, Ohio. Hoping that this move is temporary, Alice refuses to make friends or settle into her new life in Rainbow. One day Alice eavesdrops on a conversation of her grandmother’s neighbor, Miss Millie. When Alice’s mother finds out about her snooping, she makes her go apologize and offer to do something for Miss Millie. Miss Millie asks Alice to walk her dog, Clarence. Since then, their unique relationship grows and Alice sees more of a life for herself in Rainbow.
This is a story about friendship between Miss Millie and Alice, despite their age difference and background. Alice faces bitter realities include neglect from father, her grandmother’s Alzheimer disease, bullying, loss and more. Through these difficult days, she also learns friendship, kindness and forgiveness. Walking with Miss Millie is a moving middle grade novel, and some charming characters from this heartwarming story would be likable for all ages.