One special Christmas, Janet's father gives her a silver pencil, which she begins to write stories with. She continues to write stories as she moves from her home in Trinidad to England, and [eventually] back to Trinidad again [following changes in her family's circumstances]. Eventually Janet decides she wants to be a teacher, and enrolls in a training school in America. Throughout her travels, the silver pencil continues to bring her luck in her writing.
I like this book because it seemed - even though Janet was a fictional character - that she was a real person. And I like how she likes to write. In the beginning of the book Janet was nine, but she grew up kind of fast so that at the end of the book she was about 19 or 20. I wouldn't recommend it to very young people.