The mystery of Katy Pink's parentage is foolishly revealed by the author in the first few pages. A young reader would enjoy finding a few clues, but being almost completely on the inside, from beginning to end, makes the reading dull -- the reader has nothing to discover. On page one the reader is informed that Katy's mother was English, and when the British Mrs. Hewitt arrives in Oregon shortly thereafter, only the most naive would miss this much too obvious revelation. After this premature disclosure of the heroine's mother, the reader is left to wander on and on along that dreary little path to its unimaginative destination. A disappointment from this author.