Cynthia Voigt was a favorite author of mine in Jr. High School. I hadn't read Jackaroo, but it was as wonderful as the writing I remember from my youth. Gwyn is the daughter of the innkeeper, she is quick witted and sharp tongued. She has heard the story of Jackaroo since she was a child, but she always thought they were just that...stories. Then she finds evidence of his existence that changes her life. She discovers a lot about herself, and the world she lives in. It was a great read, that I highly recommend.
First line, "Gwyn stood crowded in among the women."
Last line, "But even as she said that, she could hear in her imagination how she would tell the tales to Burl, and how they would change in the telling."