What a wonderful quirky story. I grew up in roughly the same time period, but we were a little closer to the forced integration of the big cities than the touchy-feely world of this novel.
Vanessa is a wonderful 8-year old character and her observations and experiences are a lot of fun. I wondered where "Mr. Posterior" was going to come into the story, and his appearance was a highlight!
I enjoyed this story a lot.