Ten year old Sissy tells her own story, in her own swift and hilarious language, as she learns to cope with all the newness in her life. Her baby brother takes all the grown ups' attention. Cousin Delores keeps coming up with wonderful schemes which fail and get Sissy in trouble. Sartee seems to be carrying Clarice's bones around in a sack. And Miss Viola is forever getting sick and needing Granny. Set in the South in the 1960's, today's caugh-in-the-middle kids will identify with Sissy and her adventures.