This is a coming of age novel about a boy of seven going to live with his grandparents in northern Vermont in the mid 40's to mid 50's. It describes the lives of the Kittredge family members who live there, their strange mountain ways. Think the Hatfields and Mc Coys in the southern mountains. Educated on the ways of the land that they occupy. A real heart-felt novel full of love for the characters that the author portrays. I give it an A-/A.