One of my favorite books ever.
I re-read parts of it periodically, just to remind me what terrific writing really is.
I'd forgotten it was her debut novel though I remembered it won a Newbery Honor.
If somehow you've missed this middle-grade novel, and you admire truly beautiful prose, go read it right now.
This is what Booklist said when the book first appeared:
''Couloumbis' first novel wears its heart on one sleeve and its humor on
the other. Together, they make a splendid fit." - Booklist, boxed
(Perhaps having roofers walking above me has made me think of this book again this morning. If so, thank you new-roof guys. As frightened as you make me when I look way up at you, I adore the scenes Couloumbis set on the rooftop.)