I read this book along with my fifth-grade daughter's book club, and ended up finishing it before she did! This is an excellent story that can be appreciated by children as well as adults. While the story line did not interest me initially--an enchanted harmonica comes into the possession of several children over the course of several decades and then unites them in the conclusion--I could not put this book down. The book deals with difficult times and circumstances in our world's history (early-Hitler Germany, race and class relations in the United States) with directness that is heart-wrenching at times as we experience them through the book's multiple characters, all of whom were beloved to me by the time the book ended. I highly recommend this one!