I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.
All right, I finally get to roll again!
I imagine I'd have enjoyed this one more if I had first read it 20 years ago. Unfortunately, this was my first time reading it, and most of my problems with it could be summed up with one word: Todd. I hated that his parents had nothing good to say about him until the Hrrubans basically adopted him. At the same time, he also annoyed me. And the way McCaffrey used him near the end had me rolling my eyes. I had difficulty believing that a 6-year-old who couldn't/wouldn't be quiet, sit still, do as he was told, etc. could do everything that he did at the end of the book, especially since even an adult would probably have found large stretches of it to be boring or mentally exhausting.