Penny Hike was a sad story with funny parts mixed in. One thing I liked was how the author described the characters, making them feel very real to the reader. One thing I did not like was the spelling of words like "doctah" for doctor and "yahd" for yard, but it was understandable. Bobby S. Richardson fashioned a sad, but exciting story. I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up because of the nature of the story, with violence and bad words included.