I hope that I'm wrong, but I think that this will be one of those classic books that is loved by adults and not really appreciated by the younger audience of teens that it targets. I think the size of the book will intimidate many potential readers and I think the confusion of the fairy tale set up story, and then the three stories (Germany, 1933 with Friedrich Schmidt during Hitler's rise to power, Philadelphia, 1935, with two orphaned brothers, Frankie and Mike Flannery and then the home of migrant workers in Southern Caifornia, 1942 with Ivy Maria Lopez) will be enough to confuse all but the most avid readers. I've already recommended the story to our music teacher, because of the music talk and quotes that are embedded throughout the tale. Will be REALLY interested to see what 11, 12, 13 year olds think of it. There's no question that it's a spectacular story, but I'm just not convinced that it will be beloved by our tween/teen readers.
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