The Hermit King was a good story, only about 125 pages. The book also had 5 other short stories, they were just okay. The Hermit King was a good story about 2 kids, boy & girl around age 12. This is in small town Alabama, he lives there & she comes to visit her 2 aunts that are basically spinsters. They really have no idea in raising her. She lives with her dad, her mother died, I believe. The boy lives with his mom and grandmother. Mom is a widow, dad died in WWII, which is still going on. Mom doesn't really have it together & grandma kind of runs things. Well, kids get in trouble and decide to run away. All of this in the back drop of the South in the 1940s. Interesting story & interesting times. Other stories basically around the South too at different times but to me not as interesting.
I have posted it on PBS, it is the only copy in system now so I think it will move sometime.