I live in China. I tutor two 5th grade boys in English. I use an online program for reading books but wanted to find a good book for us to read that was in paper form. When I saw this book here on Amazon and read about it I thought this would be great for us to read. So I ordered two copies and brought back with me in August. We have not been disappointed. We are about 1/3 of the way through. Grace Lin does a great job in writing to capture our attention. Reading about Minli's adventure, the people she meets along the way and getting a better glimpse of the Chinese culture and history keeps us interested and eager to see what is going to happen in the next chapter. Also her illustrations are beautiful!