This book, by excellent author Marita Conlon-McKenna, is about a 12-year old girl, Bernadette Lourdes Una O'Malley. She is named Blue because she was found in a blue banket and her eyes are the biggest and boldest ever seen. Blue lives at Larch Hill - or St. Brigid's, as the nuns call it - under the strict supervision of the nuns Regina, Carmel, Agnes, Monica, Rita, etc. She has her friends, Mary, Lil, Molly and her best friend, Jess. Her other friend is Sister Monica, one of the nuns and the only kind one. However, this is really tragic because when they all go away for the summer holidays to the beach Blue's best friend, lively, spirited Jess drowns in the ocean and Blue is HEARTBROKEN. She runs away with Mary to find Mary's brother Tommy as he's been taken to a boys' orphanage - boys at Larch Hill can only stay till they're 8. Mary and Tommy stay at a children's orphanage when they're found, and Blue's little infant friend Molly leaves when she finds her daddy. The only girl who sticks with Blue is Lil, short for Lily. Sister Regina, the head nun, is seriously mean because she whips children if they break rules. Then Blue gets whipped and she falls into the fire, burning herself. This story is sad but happy at the same time when Blue finds a family at the end. An excellent book by Marita Conlon-McKenna. If you want to read Marita's books, this should be the 1st one you read. If you like the Irish Famine ones, READ THIS ONE!!! IT'S FAB!!!!!!!!!!!