It uses “super-readable” language and type, yet is entertaining for any age. Rosoff simplifies without being bland, and the series is funny and observant about its characters (including philosophy-obsessed Ava, and Ollie who longs for a girlfriend). Normally gloomy Pa Peachey is suddenly cheerful, to his family’s consternation, heralding the news of a new job, a move and the distressing prospect for the youngest child of changing schools. The new house surprises everyone and McTavish makes everything work out fine. The book is proof that humour and clarity require sophisticated skill.