Great book about friendship
I read this book with my 10 year old son. We both enjoyed it immensely and I highly recommend it. Reading it reminded me of how different books are these days than even when I was a child. This book was written in 1967, a time when parents allowed their children much more freedom. The 11 year olds regularly babysit a 4 year old. They go shopping and play unattended with not an adult or iPhone in sight. This was the time before helicopter parenting was a thing. So some of it may seem a little shocking in this day and age. The book really speaks to things that kids of all ages face, like friendship, family issues, fitting in at school. But ultimately this book is about creativity and friendship, and the positive power that relationships with others have on our lives.
It does mention murder of children, though none of the named characters in this book are murder victims. Towards the end, there is a "close call" involving a major character, who is ultimately fine. While these things are referenced, there is nothing that should be too scary for most children.