Jane's father, a writer with writer's block following a bad car accident, is invited to spend a year in America with his family to recover. Jane's brother and sister are hugely excited, but Jane, the awkward middle child, can only think of the bad things about leaving home.
Noel Streatfeild was born in Sussex in 1895. She worked as an actress for ten years in England, South Africa and Australia before concentrating on writing. Her first (adult) book was published in 1931 and by the '50s she was well established as a children's writer. She was a winner of the Carnegie Medal and died in 1986.