I love this book and just had my son read it for a 6th grade book report project. For him it was a little confusing at first because the writer alternates between two story lines throughout the book. I felt that it is such and important story, that I ended up reading it to him and he loved it. The story made for a great book report, also. I don't know why my son had trouble with the two story lines. For me, it was very easy to understand the delineation between the two stories. Also, he had trouble grasping the reality that this was based on a true story. He initially did not believe me that people, even today, have to live with such hardships and violence. The story is a great eye-opener and a reminder to us all not to take what we have for granted.