The second time around I could recognize it for the middle-grade masterpiece that it truly is. Compelling in it's imagery and evocative in emotion. This time I particularly noted that the pacing carries on at a steady clip. And the almost lyrical vocabulary, while more extensive than it's contemporary peers, feels likely to pique the curiosity of young readers rather than talking down to them.
Wise and redemptive--this is, and always will remain, a most treasured favorite. ^_^