A young girl, growing up during the depression, dreams of some day becoming a journalist. Abigail Breslin plays the lead character of Kit Kittredge. Kit wants to grow up to be a newspaper journalist. The film is set in the period of the Great Depression. Times are hard. The neighborhood, where she lives in Cincinnati, is suffering. Jobs are lost. The house next door gets a foreclosure sign put in the front yard. Men come to remove the furniture from the house and put it in the street. There is a hobo encampment nearby. People are saying the hobos are responsible for a bunch of recent robberies.
Two of the hobo kids show up at Kit's house asking to work for food. They are Will (played by Max Thieriot) and Countee (played by Willow Smith). Countee looks like a boy but we find out at the end of the film Countee is a girl. Will disguises her as a boy to keep her safe. There are a bunch of women having a tea party in the backyard when the hobo kids show up. Kit takes the hobo kids around back to ask her mother. Kit's mom says there will be work for them the next day and to the disgust of the other women, gives them some of the sandwiches made for the party.
At school, the other girls are laughing about the family, which lost their home to foreclosure. The teacher hears this and insists they all go to the soup kitchen to volunteer. Kit is shocked to see her father in the soup kitchen. At home later, her father explains he has lost his business to the bank. He goes off to Chicago to look for work. Her mother takes in boarders to help pay for the mortgage.
Kit tries to convince the editor of the local newspaper to print one of her stories because he once said her writing was good. She knows they pay a penny for every word. She decides to write a story about the hobos. Will takes her to the encampment and introduces her around. She finds them to be very nice and friendly.
The guests boarding in her house worry about the hobo crimes they hear so much about, so they ask Kit's mom to keep all their valuables in a locked box. Will is implicated in one of the robberies because the police found a print, which matches his boots, but Will says his boot were stolen. The lock box is stolen and everything is gone, including all the money saved to pay the mortgage. Kit's house will soon face foreclosure. One of the boarders Mr. Berk (played by Stanley Tucci) accuses Will of the robbery. The police go looking for Will at the hobo camp, but he is not there. Kit remembers a robber had a tattoo and Mr. Berk's cousin has such a tattoo. Kit find some of the stolen goods in Mr. Berk's trunk and overhears their plan to go get the rest, which they buried, so they can skip town. Another boarder Mrs. Bond (played by Joan Cusack) is in on the crimes as well. They have been committing crimes all over the county and blaming the hobos for everything.
Kit and her friends Ruthie (played by Madison Davenport) and Stirling (played by Zach Mills) snatch the lock box from the criminals and run away with it towards the hobo camp. They run into Will. He hides them in the camp. The hobos gang up on all the criminals and turn them into the police. The hobos are very grateful and join Kit at her house for Thanksgiving. Kit's story about the adventure is printed in the newspaper.
Best part of story, including ending:
I like the time period of this film because the depression was an interesting period of U.S. history.
Best scene in story:
I like the scene when the hobos capture the criminals who have been blaming them for all the crimes, because the hobos have a great deal of dignity even they are very poor.
Opinion about the main character:
Kit is wonderful. Not only is she a great writer, but she is also a good detective.