The book kept my attention. The medium quality of the story is typical of short cheap novels about abused children. One thing really, really, bugged me about the book. The main character of the story is a bright and very resourceful nine year old. Though the boy is largely on his own, most of the main thinking is done by adults around him, who when possible carefully shield him from any opportunity to think for himself, and don't share with the boy what they perceive or think. It's lucky for the boy they ALL had his genuine best interests at heart and didn't screw up for that. The boy's main contribution to his own welfare was to manage to stay hidden until the adults were past automatically returning him to his father!