The story of a 12 year old in trouble with a mentally ill mother and an almost absentee father and how she tries to cope with day to day living. Suddenly her mother dies in a traffic accident and Aunt Tootsie turns up like a fairy godmother and whisks her away to Savannah from a grim house to a fairytale mansion complete with beautiful furnishings, wonderful food and an idyllic lifestyle.
For me the story would be perfect for young 12 year old's with its fairy tale descriptions and also its very happy ending. Too sweet for me - found the Southern aspects of the book too precious for me.
It is an ideal read for very young readers as apart from its very happy storyline it is also a good indication of the value of strong family links and ties.