Wild Things by Clay Carmichael
The title uses the plural of "thing" for several reasons. In this book, Zoe sometimes appears to be wild. But most of the time, she is the wise one - wise beyond her years (11 years old). She has been through so much. Her mother has died, but now she is living with her uncle. He is a famous doctor and a famous sculptor. He loses himself in those wild sculptures to forget about the pain of his wife's death. He doesn't even notice the feral tomcat by his house or the white deer or the wild boy. Zoe has discovered them all.
Zoe's first instinct is to run away from everything. When she was young, she would run away to the library and stay there until it closed. She made the observation that books are so much easier than people. She is fiercely independent, but more than that - she is a survivor. The best part of the book is how she and her uncle grow to respect and help each other . The bully, the mayor's son, proves that there is hope and redemption.
I don't know how the author did it, but each character is well developed without dwelling on just one. You get to know every single character very well. Let me know if you have found a book that uses the theme of kindness. Is there a greater book that shows the theme of how kindness affects trust? I don't think so. Please let me know - I trust your opinion. This book is great for boys and girls. I trust that you will like it!