Kate is being sent by her father to live in the country with her Uncle Marton’s family. They have been lead to believe that Kate is fragile and sickly. In truth, she is spoiled and head-strong and her father hopes his brother — The Good Master — can tame her somehow. Uncle Marton’s son Jancsi is shocked by his female cousin:
Jancsi had imagined Kate as a sort of fragile, fair-haired princess, but the little girl who stepped off the train had plain black hair, a smudgy face, and skinny legs. From the moment Kate arrived, things happened. She was afraid of nothing and full of ideas. When Kate looked most angelic, you could be sure she was thinking up some mischief.
Eventually Jancsi and Kate strike up a cautious friendship which grows closer over the summer and they both learn a great deal from each other. By the time Kate’s father arrives to take her back home, he can’t believe the dramatic changes he finds!
All of Kate Seredy’s novels take place in her native Hungary.
Middle Grade Reading Level, 192 pages, Published in 1935.