I liked this book because of the way the kid dealt through his troubles. He seemed to be able to handle everything that came his way. He worked through the troubles to succeed in his goal. The problem I had with this book was that it was short. Short novels are okay for some people, but I find short novels less interesting because the troubles the person has stop almost as quickly as they start. Other than that, the story was pretty good. The characters were realistic. The setting was great with the characters and troubles. I recommend this book for kids 12+.