Queenie Peavy depicts some of the pressures of growing up in a small town during the Great Depression: supplies are scarce, and both adults and children must work hard to keep themselves clothed and fed. The book's greatest value derives from its portrayal of one teen-ager's triumph over emotional conflict at school and an unfortunate domestic situation. Most people perceive Queenie Peavy as a problem child. She is troubled and troublesome. Eventually, by her own initiative, she works through her dilemmas and feels better about herself as a result. Queenie Peavy tells a universal story of the internal and external conflicts that most young people must resolve in order to leave childhood.