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School Library Journal
Gr 3 4—P (short for Princess) wants a pet, but her father believes that any animal on their Oklahoma farm has to earn its keep. While he is away on combat duty, P loses sight of this rule when she begins caring for an orphaned opossum. P and Ike grow attached as she hand-feeds him and takes him everywhere. Of course, P knows she cannot keep Ike forever and soon she is forced to choose between doing what is right and doing what she wants. The conclusion of the story shows P learning an important lesson about doing what is right even when it is incredibly hard and is told in a way that is both touching and suspenseful.—Elizabeth Swistock, Jefferson Madison Regional Library, Charlottesville, VA