Cammie O'Reilly is the warden's daughter, living in an apartment above the entrance to the Hancock County Prison. But she's also living in a prison of grief and anger about her mother who died saving her from harm when she was just a baby. And prison has made her angry. No wonder her nickname is Cannonball.<br /><br />In the summer of 1959, as 12 turns to 13, everything is in flux. Cammie's best friend is discovering lipstick and American Bandstand. A child killer is caught and brought to her prison. And the only mother figures in her life include a flamboyant shoplifter named Boo Boo and a sullen reformed arsonist of a housekeeper. All will play a role in Cammie's coming-of-age. But one person in particular will make a staggering sacrifice to ensure Cammie breaks free from her past.<br /><br />Master storyteller Jerry Spinelli spins a tale of loss and redemption like no other. <i>The Warden's Daughter</i> shows kindness and compassion can often be found where we least expect it.