The story is by turns funny, charming, bleak, and heart wrenching. Booky is an instantly relatable and endearing protagonist. As the title suggests, she is a bit scatterbrained and, as the middle child of five, she struggles to find her place between her clever older siblings and adored younger siblings. Also, with the Great Depression in full swing and her father out of work, she endures more than her fair share of anxiety and privation. I loved this book, but I would have absolutely adored it if I'd read it as a young girl. It's a shame this book isn't more widely known and read in the states!