This is the heartbreaking account told by 13 year old Thomas during the Depression era. He lives in Vermont in a tent in the woods with his dad and his younger sister Margaret after his mother leaves to "seek a better job elsewhere."
A perfect example of how children interpret the mysteries of adults. With what little information his dad has told him as to why his mother left his innocence paints a different story than the truth and he is determined to find his mother, either to bring her home or to go live with her. Life for Thomas and his sister have not been easy while in their father's care who seems to be on a streak of bad luck. When they are informed their dad had to leave for temporary out-of-town job they are passed from house to house. At first they are happy at each place once they are warm and fed but each household reveals their skeleton and ultimately making it impossible for the children to stay.
Mary McGarry Morris does a superb job in depicting Thomas's emotional, frustrating and painful experience as he finds his way to the truth. Definitely my favorite to date that I've read by this author. I would recommend this book for those who appreciate thoughtful reading.
How I acquired this book: Barnes & Noble clearance shelf
Shelf Life: Approximately 3 years.