This book was so unique in it's execution of a storyline that has been rehashed time and time again, and was a breath of fresh air for the troupe of having someone kidnapped, and therefore being forced to follow a set of rules, despite having a rebellion in the working. However, The Glass Castle produced original characters who could stand up for themselves, such as Avery, who was by far one of my favorite children's book female characters, partly because she seemed to not make the same mistakes that other characters have made that seem very obvious to the reader. Instead, she had a clear plan, and instead of being distracted by other obstacles, she focused on what she believed to be important, and didn't lose sight of her goal. I also absolutely loved the setting of the story, to be in a historical era with a school, as I'll probably never tire from boarding schools, especially ones set in the past! Overall, this was probably one of the best children's books that I have read, and I'm eagerly anticipating the next book in the series!