The book arrived at the scheduled time (early) and it was in excellent condition. This is one of the books that everyone MUST READ during their school years. It is a wonderful story! I wanted to read it again after forty years. It didn't take as long to read as it did when I was 11. I bought it to give to an adventurous little girl I know--who reminds me of ME. :-) I know she will enjoy it and want to read it to her children, in forty years.