STRIPED ICE CREAM by Joan M. Lexau
Becky knows her inner-city family is too poor even to buy her favorite ice cream for her birthday, but they seem to be going out of their way to be mean, whispering and planning something behind her back.
I usually try to feature books that are in print here, but I made an exception for this book because I loved it so. If you can find it in the library or a used copy, do! It's a great, sweet story with such heartwarming family themes. I have many fond memories reading this book over and over again during the hot summer months. For the younger reader (Magic treehouse level).