Throughout these five chapters Miranda is struggling with a lot of stress. She has to grow up even more and be the "mom" of the family since hers is struggling with starvation and being injured (ankles). Miranda even steals because of the stress. To add onto this her friend dies. Life is falling apart and she can't keep up.
These five chapters have showed us some of Miranda's views on the social and economic problems going on. In chapter eleven she and her friends begin to go to school. Miranda surprised us all when she steals some schools supplies and tells us, "I can't remember the last time I was so excited. It felt like Christmas filling my bookbag with supplies. Better than Christmas, though, because I knew I was stealing and that made it even more exciting." The economy had dropped know one even cares at this point. When everything was "perfect" stealing would be a crazy thought but now nothing else could get worst in their eyes. You have to do what you have to do to survive.
Miranda really matures in these chapters. In the beginning her mom fell and hurt her ankle so she had to take on some motherhood roles. Also she didn't care about the food as much at one point. Now she values it. Her and her mom have gained a lot of trust and respect for each other. Miranda now makes dinner for the family and sense she values the lack of food she is very conservative of it. These chapters are really pulling out the main details of how life goes. When things are going down hill you still have to provide for your family.