I found this book full of exciting ideas and great satire and laughs. It looks at the question of faith from many different angles beginning with the heroine's faith that her parents survived the storm and would return to her. Almost everyone in town has a turn at trying to get her to accept 'reality' and admit her parents had died, but she refuses. She asks a number of people in the novel whether they had ever thought something to be true, even if they could not know for sure. My favourite answer was from the sheriff who said he once sent a man to jail for murder that he does not believe the man committed. He said he had no choice, he presented his evidence to the court and the man was convicted on that basis, but the cop continued to believe in the man's innocence. The book interrogates the idea of 'helping' and 'tolerance' too in the figure of the authoritarian and close minded 'counsellor' who eventually manages to get the little girl taken away by social workers.
This is a beautiful and challenging book. I recommend it to teens and adults who want to give received ideas a kick in the rear.