I received this book from the library a couple of weeks ago so was able for a change to get a head start on our read.
The easy to read and less intense read is perfect at this time of my life. My 30-year-old neice just died unexpectedly a little over a week ago bringing back many emotions of the death of my 29-year-old son who also died unexpectedly last August. Although both deaths were undiagnosed heart conditions, supposedly the conditions are not related. In addition to the stress of this, we are in the midst of year end closing, my first as supervisor of our team, so having an easy read is well timed. I have had such problems even focusing that I returned my books on CD to the library as I couldn't concentrate enough to listen to them.
Jim's problems and life as a 10-year-old during the Depression have proved a pleasant diversion. The author has presented several characters that I like--Jim's mother and uncles are quite the role models in parenting as they show their love yet give Jim the freedom he needs to be himself.