**I won this book from Goodreads as a First Reads free giveaway**
I loved this book!
Author Riel Nason has a calm, gentle way of telling a story. It reminds me of how on the television show "The Waltons" John Boy the author (as narrator) reflects on the story he is writing of his family's past. Main character teenage Ruby Carson is the voice of this story which is set in the mid 1960's in small town Haventon, New Brunswick. From her point of view, she tells the story of her town's demise. There are various themes that run through the story. The main theme is of change - for both Ruby herself and everyone in town. Other sub themes are bullying, coming of age, teenage awkwardness, fitting in, and life in small town Canada during the 1960's. I especially like the fact that Ruby's young brother Percy was accepted for who he was, in all his awkward ways, without the stigma of labels that we use today. I recommend this book as a wonderful read to everyone!