This is not Joshua, but his wife. I read this book to my three kids. The 9 year old liked it best. I was surprised by the word "hillbillies" but it was harmless enough. The main character's mother is severely depressed and her father is in jail for fighting. She moves in with her sweet aunt and uncle and begins to experience a new, rural, way of life. The writing employs some colloquial language and is very fun to read. The story is so tender and touching, I had to choke back tears reading the last page! I really recommend it.