But she knows a secret. Before she left, her Dad promised that, if she could just make it through the next year, that he would find a way to let her come back and live with him. So now she keeps herself going by counting down the days before she can go back home. However, as the number of days dwindle, her father becomes more distant and unreliable. She also begins to realize that maybe Connecticut isn't so bad and that home is where you make it.
While hardly surprising material, the book charms with its main character. Rigel is an engaging heroine with a strong will and a deep and enchanting love of nature. Her confidence, derived from the life in the wild, serves her well in negotiating the hostile halls of middle school. Her supportive family allows Rigel the space she needs to make the transition to the "outside" world. Enjoyable, with lots of fun anecdotes about living in remote Alaska.