This book is unlike most children's books because you do not start out by liking the main character. Galadriel (Gilly) is annoying, bratty, rude and mean, but her life as a foster child is to blame. As Gilly is impacted by a new foster "family," you learn about Gilly and like her both because she changes and because you understand her. I didn't like the ending of this book, but life doesn't always have a happy ending. And books are life, at least to me.
And I am SUPER excited to meet Katherine Paterson at ALA; talk about a superstar author!