Rose's mother Eugenia is painfully superstitious in all things, but nowhere does this show as clearly as in her belief in birth direction (the importance of the direction a baby is facing when born). She intends to have a child for each point of the compass except dead north, because, as Eugenia says everyone should know, north bairns are the most willful and the hardest to control. When, by accident, Rose, who should have been an east bairn, is born facing north, Eugenia denies that this ever happened and gives Rose and east bairn's name (Ebba Rose) but Rose remains a north bairn at heart.
I found this book at Borders after I had read a different book by the same author which, in truth, I did not think was all that amazing. But this book looked so good, with its lovely cover... I bought it and as soon I started to read it I was hooked- I finished it in a day and eventually used it for a book report.
Even though it is long, I do not think this book has an ideal age- any person (or at least any girl) should be able to identify with Rose's struggles and enjoy her story.