Another historical novel for children from Ibbotson, this time set pre/during WWII. Gentle and unwaveringly optimistic in its outlook, it reminds me strongly of the novels of Hilda Van Stockum and Constance Savery. The plot is highly predictable, but still one that is enjoyable, with lots of believable characters. (Though the characters were not up to Ibbotson's usual standard.) I found Karil's relatives particularly vivid.