The ending of this story is pretty much the happiest thing
ever. The Tillermans have spent the entire book fighting and struggling to
survive while nearly every single person they meet either abandons, ignores, or
tries to control them. Then finally (finally)
something good happens:
should," Dicey said fiercely. "You should let us live with you."
That was no way to
"Would that suit
you?" Gram asked Dicey.
Dicey was shocked into
"I thought you
were the one it didn't suit," James said.
"Well, it doesn't,"
Gram said. "But it will. I give up. I do, I give up. You've worn me out.
You can stay, you can live with me. You hear that, girl?" she called down
"Do you mean it?"
"I don't say what
I don't mean. You should know that." […]
"Ready to go
home?" Gram asked Dicey. She was smiling.
Dicey just grinned
back. "Ready," she said. (2.12.145-152, 162-163)
The last few lines hit on the most important theme in this
book: the meaning of home. Gram's line is sort of casual, the kind of thing you
might say to anyone after a long day out of the house—"Ready to go home?"
But for the Tillerman kids, this means so much more. This is what they've been
striving for this entire
book, and now they finally have a place to call home. Whew.