Alas, another book I *should* have read as a girl. Fortunately, I am easily able to slip back in time and experience books as my former self might have. Really any book loving girl would likely love this book. It is a story about loneliness and that feeling of 'not quite fitting in' that many bookish children have. It is also a nice examination of class and family - another thing that would have spoken to me as a child. I also would have loved the Depression era setting. But it's really not nearly as dreary and serious as I am making it sound. It's also about finding comfort and safety in unlikely places. There is also a fun little mystery. The ending is perhaps a bit too tidy, but my younger self would have loved that about this book and so I'll just go with that reaction over my fussy adult one.