I'm 15, and I absolutely loved this book. I got it as a gift a year or so ago and I just got around to reading it. It provides insight on isolation, freedom, injustice, leadership, compromise, faith, and loyalty. The story tells the life of a girl, Hattie, who learns to live on her own and find the true meaning in relationships with family and friends and the importance of learning to grow with each new experience. By the end of her story, she has learned a lot about her self and about the world around her. I think it is a great book and Kirby Larson deserves praise for including so many aspects of life and meaning in a tale about opinions and growth.