Now that he has read this book and its sequel, Sunwing, my son is obsessed with studying bats. This was the perfect book choice for the month of October/Halloween in our homeschool literature unit. It is wonderful for incorporating into a classroom study, because the author's web site has an in-depth novel study a teacher could use daily over the course of a whole month. The author employs every type of literary device - similes, metaphors, personification, foreshadowing, symbolism - so it's an English teacher's dream. The book also could generate good classroom discussions about differences in culture and religion. Although the book is aimed at children ages 8+ I would caution parents that some events and themes in the book could be upsetting to a younger or sensitive child. I think children of about 10 to 12 are the perfect audience for the book.