Kit Kittredge is a nine-year old girl with a nose for news. But since most of the news in the early 1930s is about the hard times of the Depression, Kit writes her own newspaper stories. She reports on what happens at home while Dad is at work -- like the day Mother invites fussy Mrs. Howard and her son to stay with them. Kit is excited to have a boy her own age to play with, but Stirling is a disappointment -- and he causes Kit nothing but trouble. Then, when Dad loses his business because of the Depression, Mother gets a brainstorm that turns the Kittredge household upside down.