At that moment, Mom's work stresses build up to a crisis and Betsy reaches out to her old friend for support. But instead of reconciling, Lizard betrays Betsy.
Mills writes lots of middle grade books, but not usually in verse as she has done here. The style works in this case because the story is so centrally about language and communication, but I don't think it was essential. With few words and lots of white space, the book is a very fast read. I would not call this one of Mills's best books, but it is a good read and deals with the popular topic of the strains that a friendship goes through as children grow older in an effective and sophisticated manner.
The story features some fairly mature themes, including adult mental illness and alcoholism. These are handled in a straightforward and age-appropriate fashion. As always, it's nice to see adults being treated like real people in a children's book. It is also good to see children being treated as responsible enough to handle that reality.