This book was part [b:White Fang|43035|White Fang|Jack London|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1360058235s/43035.jpg|2949952], part [b:Little House on the Prairie|77767|Little House on the Prairie (Little House, #2)|Laura Ingalls Wilder|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1344695948s/77767.jpg|2884161] and parts all its own. The narrator, Kathy, is young (both in age and in perspective), and I vacillated in how much compassion I felt for her as there were moments when she was almost unbearably naïve. (At certain moments she reminded me of Amy from [b:Little Women|1934|Little Women (Little Women, #1)|Louisa May Alcott|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1309282614s/1934.jpg|3244642].) However, this book moves so quickly from one situation to the next that there was really no room for me to dwell on some of Kathy's more cringe-worthy moments. Kathy captures this well when toward the end of the book she reflects to herself
Katherine Mary, you are like a baby that is so pleased with himself for standing up that he doesn't notice anyone else has learned to stand too.
I suppose that's what a coming of age story is all about.
Definitely a great read, a true adventure story!