This is a feel-good and wholesome book about a ten-year-old girl with admirable characteristics. Prairie, original and true to herself, is a kind and brave character. Her heart of gold, and oddly enough, her relationships with the chickens, is endearing. This book features her strong and supportive family, her loving grandma, and a compassionate friendship. While adjusting to her new school, Prairie encounters a group of mean girls. She is teased about the color of her skin (she is Native American). Her friend, Ivy, has a few skeletons in her closet, which she shares with Prairie. Ivy's mother killed her father years back in a drunken fight. Ivy ultimately goes to live with the Evers family. Prairie has a certain amount of innocence due to being home-schooled, and it is refreshing to see the world through her eyes and watch her grow as the book progresses. This is a great choice for young girls.