The Question and Answer section for I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Maya is thirteen to fourteen years old.
After having problems with Dolores, Maya spends a night sleeping in a car at the junkyard where she meets a bunch of kids doing the same. The junkyard is almost like a small commune..... they have their own cars (for sleeping), work for a bit of...
In Chapter Four, we learn that Mr. McElroy was the first man Maya had ever seen dressed up in a suit.... it left an impression.