Book review by Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

A complex tale about teens, family relationships.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 96 reviews

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age 11+

Highly recommended

This book is phenomenal. It is thought-provoking and inspirational. It serves as a great 'dress rehearsal' for tweens and teens as they will face many of these issues during their lives [athletes and their behavior, friendship, family secrets, bullying, assertiveness]. I am considering using this as a book for 7th graders to read, experience, and discuss in September. [I needed to have patience to get past the first 30 pages or so. After that, I stayed up all night reading it!]

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
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not rated for age

My favorite boy book ever!

I'm a children's librarian and when I need to recommend a book to boys in sixth grade and up, this is the first book I turn to. We did a father/son book discussion and the dad's enjoyed this book as much or better than their children. Mean kids are a fact of life in school (look at the headlines). I can't say enough about this book... it's dead-on for YA's -- 6 grade + -- where this age group is learning to solve problems on their own. It celebrates different cultures. It has fascinating material about the citrus industry in Florida and I can attest to the fact that it has parents and kids talking together! I highly recommend it. Please don't judge this book without reading it!
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