I have to say that I thought I was going to love this book. A story of a young girl relocating, making friends, learning lessons, raising chickens! How fun! However, the story took a turn for me and jumped routes a little more than halfway through. I have to say I didn't like this turn of events and thought the subject of Prairie's friend Ivy seeing her mother shoot her father not fitting for the storyline, over the top and this will actually keep me from suggesting this book to the crowd of kids I was looking forward to sharing it with. I'm sad to say this because the writing and story were fantastic up till this point. I understand this sort of thing happens but it didn't need to happen in this story.