This book was ok. I felt like it was fairly well-written and all, but at some parts it was just so depressing. I also felt like Emi-Lou was way older than thirteen- she should have been fifteen or sixteen. Anyway, this is a young adult novel. I read this in 6th grade and maybe that wasn't the best idea. Some of the material is a little better suited for older readers, so I recommend to grades 7-12.