There is a very sustaining warmth of friendship and regional atmosphere to this story of orphaned Judy who goes to live with her Aunt Kate and Uncle Walt on a remote part of the Maine coast. The shock of her parents' death still with her, ten year old Judy is dispirited. Soon, she makes friends with twelve year old David who lives near by. He takes her on as fishing and exploring partner, teaches her sea lore, lobster trap setting, clam digging, shows her the surrounding islands and Enchanted Island with its old unoccupied house, and together they have a wonderful time. A mystery develops when a local thief steals David's boat, but there's recovery and capture. And just when Judy sadly realizes summer must end, Aunt Kate and Uncle Walt decide to adopt her for good. As a sensitive first book by a new author, this has much to give.