â€śWeâ€™re approaching Cat in the Hat level chaos and no oneâ€™s even had breakfast yet.â€ťWhen the death of her father leaves her mother bereft and incapacitated, card shark Hallie Palmer returns home from college to raise Hallieâ€™s eight younger siblings. Hallieâ€™s older brother has a scholarship and a sensible majorâ€“which translates to free tuition and desperately needed future income for the family. So itâ€™s up to Hallie to deal herself in as head of the chaotic household. But even after the invasion of those well-meaning, casserole-carrying purveyors of comfort the local church ladies, Hallieâ€™s in a downward spiral. Thank goodness for old friends like Bernard and Gil, now proud parents, who keep Hallie afloat with good humor, brilliant organizational skills, and Judy Garlandâ€™s most quotable quotesâ€“not that life is entirely peaceful now that Bernardâ€™s wise, willful, and delightfully outrageous mother, Olivia, is back from Europe with a big (and shockingly young) surprise. Through it all, Hallie discovers that life can indeed turn on a dime, and that every coin has two sides plus an edge. Just because beginnerâ€™s luck doesnâ€™t always last forever doesnâ€™t mean youâ€™re out of the game.