this is what Sarah had said about it:
I honestly can't tell you exactly what it is that makes me love this book so much. The way everything fits together appeals to me - how with the characters and the story itself, the whole is equal to more than the sum of the parts. I also love the haven these kids create for themselves.
i completely understand what she means about the whole being equal to more than the sum of the parts! this book is well-crafted - as well as a delightful story.
i've been meaning to read this book - the 1997 Newbery Medal Winner - for a number of years. thanks for putting it on your list, Sarah, to give me a little motivation to get it read!