Hoff spins a yarn about pre-modern small-town American life that glows with affection—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Celia Canterberry had no idea she was famous. Abandoned by her parents at birth and raised by her beloved Nan, the spirited seven-year-old much prefers the company of Huckleberry Finn, Victor Frankenstein, and Captain Ahah to the people of her snooty small town. But when she’s babysat by her next-door neighbor, the precocious child is shocked to learn what her grandmother won’t tell her: She’s the subject of a satirical local comic strip.
But when Celia’s absentee parents return, planning to take her from the only family she’s ever known, she is heartsick. Will this unruly youngster thwart the schemes of awful adults?