This was a sweet and gentle book that I think young girls especially will take to. Arthur is 10 and introverted, his parents fight a lot and there is a new sibling on the way that Arthur is not exactly thrilled about. He listens and observes and writes everything in his faithful journal. Then he is sent to spend the summer with his kooky aunt and uncle on their farm. He meets Moira, a young neighbor, who's adventurous and reckless and who challenges Arthur "do" not just "write about it". And in time he does. Some rather weighty issues are tackled here, but with a very gentle hand. I really enjoyed this endearing and thoroughly believable book.