7/4/11 ** Another stellar Peck. Set during the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Three kids from a farm in rural Illinois are invited to visit their aunt in Chicago to visit the fair. There is definitely a journey (the personal growth kind), a bit of a twist (at least something I didn't see coming), and a fairy tale ending. I didn't like the gender stereotype - oldest sister ends by getting married, OR the emphasis on acceptance by high society, but both aspects fit the time. I DID like the quirky middle child - Rosie, the narrator.
The interview with Peck at the end of the paperback edition is especially interesting; great writing tips.