This is the book that fueled my 4th grader to read every book she could get her hands on. Then she started writing and is absolutely amazing at it. She’s in college now. This book actually was a turning point in her life. Just ordered it for my 8.5 year old but I think she’s not ready for it yet. She’s just finishing 2nd grade and she is advanced in reading but I think not mature enough for the book. Maybe in 6 months or a year.