I read this book as homework for my ESL/Bilingual class. Its an excellent book for young readers and has won many awards. It is probably best suited for 8th-11th graders. It does contain a few swear words, but for the most part is appropriate for young readers. Reading guide has 115 questions in chronological order, organized by chapter with pages. Also included are 6 follow up discussion questions. If you are reading the book for the first time with the students, these will be useful to you as well as your students. An excellent book if you have a multi-cultural classroom or students that come from impoverished backgrounds as they will be able to identify with the narrator.
19 years teaching experience in High School Foreign language. (Spanish I,II,III,IV, French I,II,III) 3 years teaching evening Portuguese classes at Washington University.
Working on MaED bilingual/ELL certification at Edgewood College.