Although it’s too early to say for sure (since I still have some to read), this book may just be my favorite off of the 2016 Rebecca Caudill list. Ratchet lives with her dad, a self-employed mechanic and tree-hugger who has devoted his life to saving the environment. Ratchet is homeschooled, finds her dad embarassing, is desperate to make some friends, and longs to know the mother who died when she was 5. A series of events, such as helping some neighbor boys build go-carts for a race and the last-ditch efforts to save a park about to be leveled, bring her friends, a new understanding of her mother and father, and a new appreciation for life. This book is written in journal format and is the Language Arts assignment for her homeschool lesson, which makes it a fun and interesting read. 2 thumbs up!