While this has a bit of magic in it, it's essentially a real-life, coming-of-age story. I really liked how Rebecca evolved in this story, particularly when it came to her perspectives about her parents and little brother. Her experience and reaction to her parents' separation seemed really true to life. I do wish the cover had a more contemporary feel to it. We'll be reading this for a library book discussion group for 9-12 years-olds in August, and have arranged to skype with Laurel Snyder. She's been super nice to work with so far, and we're very excited.