This book was wonderful! I don't really know how to describe it! It would probably be classified as a you-have-to-read-it realistic fiction. This book is about a girl, Julie (Julia, as her aunt calls her), who's mother dies. She goes, with her brother, to live with her aunt. Soon, her brother is sent to boarding school because the uncle (sibling of the aunt), who lives in the carriage house out back, is not a suitable role model for a growing boy (he is an alcoholic). I love this book! I can't wait to read it again!