We started reading this aloud with our 10 year old, expecting a creepy but kid-targeted orphanage tale. The characters were interesting, and the outlines of the story had potential, but it was too gruesome to finish. The tone was frank horror, not suspense or adventure. My daughter likes to see things through, but she was ultimately so disturbed that I talked her into letting me just read the rest and tell her how it ended. I wouldn't recommend it unless the reader is looking for Stephen King-level horror.