Cassandra, 13, may be a poor little rich girl, but she is not typical. Only child of Philippa, a world-famous rock singer, Cassandra lives a lavish, jet-set life in New York City--but all she really wants is the love and attention of her overly busy mother. Emotionally deprived, she is drawn to the financially deprived--the city's homeless. When Mom leaves to tour Europe, Cassandra befriends a bag lady, helps out in a soup kitchen, and comes to know something about those who populate a world very different from her own. This timely story graphically depicts the lives of the urban homeless, as well as Cassandra's emerging social conscience and her change from an overprotected child to a caring young woman. But although Colman's examination of the homeless problem doesn't offer pat answers, the book ends with a rock concert that simplistically brings Cassandra and Philippa together, provides money for the homeless, and sets Cassandra on the way to having her first boyfriend. An enjoyable read about an important problem--but not deep.