Anybody Shining is not the book that I was expecting. I was expecting something very funny, happy, and new. Instead, it is a tale that merges a bunch of letters to Arie Mae‘s cousin with the story itself. I found this book to be a bit lackluster. Girls may like this book better than boys. On the other hand, the characters are easy to understand and are believable. For instance, when Tom must sit out and not play, he writes in his journal instead. I would recommend this book for ages 9 and up.