Madeline is a happy and loving fourteen year old who comes from a very large family. She lives with her parents and eleven siblings. She is behind in school because her parents could not afford to send her to school when she first became old enough to start. Two of her older siblings were going to school at the time and she had to wait and start the first grade when she was 9 years old. Now she is about to move to the 3rd grade. She is so thankful that she can now go to school! Her mother stays home to take care of the younger children and her father is a farmer and sometimes sells sandals in the village. He does all he can to help feed his family, but many times it just isn’t enough. Madeline enjoys helping her mother with the children, cooking, and going to church. When she grows up she wants to become a cook.