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BooklistThe word delightful is overused in reviews, but it's difficult to find one that's more appropriate for this novelized memoir -- though warm and cozy would do in a pinch. During the 1950s, Libby Koponen's family moves to London. Leaving is difficult, and life is no easier there. A fan of boarding school stories, Libby jumps at the chance to go away to Sibton Park in the English countryside, where she does make friends, learn to ride a horse, and is noticed for her writing talent. This seems to be a book that first-time author Koponen has waited a lifetime to write. Almost every page is dotted with photos or souvenirs, but even more intriguing than the visuals are the word images she offers of herself: a bit of a swaggerer who proudly informs the Brits about the Boston Tea Party, but can appreciate the silvery light of the English countryside. Today's readers, especially Harry Potter fans, will love the British bits and the details of boarding school life. One thing will surprise them. Having read about Libby's taking the Tube alone and going off to school by herself, they'll assume she's 11 or so. When she matter-of-factly states she was eight during her time in England, they'll more clearly grasp the idea of a simpler time.