I wanted so bad for Natalia s troubles to end with a vengeance from her anger But what I got was much better grace wise She definitely comes of age, even better than some of the rest of us have in our lives She is to be admired for what she had to deal with and what she tolerated Strong girl Middle school read, but even us mid lifers will enjoy this fast read and it ll bring back memories for some I m certain I loved the poetry Natalia recites throughout the rough times just to stay afloa I wanted so bad for Natalia s troubles to end with a vengeance from her anger But what I got was much better grace wise She definitely comes of age, even better than some of the rest of us have in our lives She is to be admired for what she had to deal with and what she tolerated Strong girl Middle school read, but even us mid lifers will enjoy this fast read and it ll bring back memories for some I m certain I loved the poetry Natalia recites throughout the rough times just to stay afloat in her New Zealand life Growing up in New Zealand following World War II, twelve year old Natalia uses poetry to escape from her problems at home and at school