This series caught my attention while I was waiting for my cousin to pick out her books. I began reading them with my 9 year old cousin, who swore that reading could never be fun. I ordered the entire series with her and was captivated. She raved about how interesting the characters and situations were. She also adored that the children had no adults to help them and survived by relying on their own skills. This series is engaging. Each child sees themselves in one or all of the main characters. Children are also happy to see that these children face difficulties in life and do not just have care-free adventures. This is a must-have series for young readers who may not be captivated by the average fairy tale books. Due to illustrations, the parent will want to flip through and make sure that it is appropriate for their child.