What a beautiful story of an "uncommon" boy and his unconventional family. Griffin must attend the local school after years of homeschooling, because his mother has "gone away". At school, he faces ridicule by the resident bully, but he is befriended by a girl who appreciates his unique personality and his family. The reader is privy to Griffin's thoughts and feelings that are sensed but not necessarily addressed by some of the adults in his life. Griffin's voice is believable as a boy who has suffered a loss and feels, as children often do, that he was somehow to blame. While the secondary characters remain mostly one-dimentional, Griffin's character develops and grows throughout the book. I'll definitely recommend this book to those students who say they want a book that will "make them cry", but they'll be happy to know that it does end on a hopeful note. I can't wait to read more by this author!