I loved this book as a kid--I bought it for my daughters to listen to but ended up listening to it again myself. Ivy Ruckman is an under-appreciated children's book author, and it is a shame that more people don't read her stories. This book was inspired by true events that occurred in the 1970s, so it is a bit dated. Nevertheless, it is still an exciting, fast-paced story. I like the values of courage, self-reliance and determination that children can glean from it. It should be a must-read.