This book is one of the most concise novels I have ever read. The combination of adventure in a new place and the exciting mysteries of what is to come, makes a book that grabs your attention and holds it there. Chiyo is this high-sprited, brave girl who comes to a strange school to learn new things and tries to make the best of any situation, even in the worst of times! This is a book I would read over and over again because I feel a connection with the real world, with history, with fantasy, and with the heart, soul, and mind the author put into this book that makes it worthwhile to read. I guarentee you, the second you pick this book up and start reading it, you won't be able to put it down. Happy Reading!