The best of friends are often found in the most unexpected places.
Miss Henrietta, a cranky recluse who lives in the Ozark backwoods, and Lillian, an eleven-year-old girl, become friends despite their rock-throwing, bone-chilling introduction. Miss Henrietta doesn’t like people—especially kids—and Lil fears the old woman is the Woodsy Witch rumored to live in that holler.
Both their lives are changed by a series of hilarious adventures, disasters, and impossible situations. Whether rescuing Lillian’s brother from dreadful Aunt Bertha in Oklahoma, yelling down a black bear, understanding problematic parents, scaring the pee out of Great Unknown, dancing for tips at the farmers’ market, learning French, cooking on an open fire, or pondering the meaning of love, Miss Henrietta has a bizarre and crusty way of looking at life. Half the time, Lillian believes the ol’ woodsy woman is truly crazy because of belief in magic and wild tales of world travel. Lillian earns Miss Henrietta’s respect and admiration by her perseverance and fearlessness in challenging the logic of anyone or anything.
Together they make sense of the world and find a sense of kinship neither anticipated.