May Amelia is a girl growing up on the Oregon frontier, surrounded by boys: brothers, mostly, but there aren't very many other families with daughters who live close by, either. She is constantly getting into trouble, or causing it. Her spunk and persepective come through on every page. It's not just all funny scrapes and foolishness, though. May weathers a tragedy first-hand that completely rocks her world and changes the way she relates to her family and to the world.
I re-read this recently and was again impressed by it. Must be why I own a copy! I remember picking it up originally because I grew up with 10 brothers (no sisters), and immediately felt I could relate to her unique circumstances. And even though I knew what was coming this time around, I still got a bit misty-eyed over some of it and chuckled in other places. The historical setting was also clearly drawn and added to the narrative.
This would be a good one for book club.