Katie's special trait of being quiet and observant of the things around her is an asset and a curse at the same time. She doesn't feel the need to be the center of attention. She thinks about and remembers much of what she sees. Being physically small as well as culturally different from her school peers makes her insecure and a target for the aggressive and bolder peers. She quietly obeys or hides to avoid trouble, even though she knows what happens to her and around her is wrong. Katie lacks courage and loathes herself and wishes she was smarter, stronger and braver. Katie may be very small and not very strong in comparison to her mighty centaur friends but she is receptive to the feelings of others and communicates what she sees and what she knows by drawing things out.