sexual themes throughout
There are many reviews that say this book is appropriate for young children. Be aware that this book will introduces the term "rapist" within the first few pages. Within the first few chapters, readers will need to know why a warden tells a 12 year old boy that females need to be accompanied by guards at all times and are not to wear shorts because convicts are present who haven’t seen a woman in 10-15 years. The warden then says to the 12 year-old boy, “you are old enough to understand what that means, Mr. Flanagan.” Be prepared for your child to ask what that means if they have not been exposed to this type of dialogue or subject matter. Later in the book, there are several pages devoted to the brother being extremely worried that his autistic sister may have been taken advantage of by an inmate. This is a central to the progress of the story. The word, “sex” is not used, but it is implied. This implication is further supported later in the story when another girl teases the brother that the autistic sister may have gotten pregnant by the inmate. Be aware that the book has sexual themes that are non-consensual, potentially violent, and possibly pedofeliac in nature. It is too bad that the author found it necessary to move the story along in this manner - otherwise the book could have been of great educational value. As it is - protect your young child from exposure, or at least be forewarned.