My 9 year old was recommended this book by our librarian. I told my daughter I would read it first since it came from the teen section.
The book has some violence, but the heavy petting and conversations about abstaining from sex because they would get in trouble with law is what caught me. Not something I want my 9 year old reading just yet. Sex is an open discussion in my home, but in books? Not just yet. just a caution for parents.
With that said, the story is engaging. It teaches kindness, honesty, hard work and sadly, the cruelties of the world, which our children should be aware of.