I thought this was a great book! It was fun to read and I believe children (elementary to middle school ages) would enjoy this. They can either read this book to themselves or an adult can read it aloud. There were great opportunities for discussions such as: Safety when playing, situations that scare you, stranger danger, family issues, fear, loneliness, siblings, pets, abandonment issues, the court system. Many children feel like they belong to a family that may be very different from their peers. These are just a few ideas but many students experience many of these situations and using a novel such as this makes it more impersonal and easier for students to share their feelings and thoughts. I would recommend this for a school library, classroom, or even in the home.