Imagine being able to enter favorite books and interact with the characters: Hilary has such a gift, but is old enough to wonder whether it's magic--or whether she's a little crazy. While Hilary's relationship with her parents is happy, she has just been asked--for the first time--to put someone else's needs first. Dad's job has caused a move to a big house near New York; suddenly, he is seldom home and always preoccupied. She also misses her old friends, though her book visits keep her company and help her work out some of her problems with other people. Then a chance encounter with a demanding teacher--who sympathizes with her obsession with books--gives Hilary faith in her imagination's ability to resolve problems. She learns to take responsibility in a way appropriate for a child, and even succeeds in getting her erstwhile doting father back into some of his more relaxed habits. Librarians will be pleased to find that Hilary doesn't give up reading when she makes new friends. A pleasant little novel.