This is a children's story and I am a man in my eighties but I read this innocent story and felt pleased with the World, so unlike my normal reaction to events today. Children will like it - - - and I believe many adults will too. It is inexpensive as well.
Some of the happenings with Jewish families rather surprised me but it was probably a 'true story' embellished to make it more acceptable as a 'fictional 'real-life' story'. I didn't feel it 'came over' as being written by a Jewish girl. but I read it so it couldn't have been too bad.
I just enjoy reading about young children at school, particularly in part of the country that I am not too familiar with. There is a tendency because he is a Yorkshireman, for him to overdo the sentiment and perhaps he exaggerates anything attached to living in Yorkshire but I still enjoyed it.