Very few books cross that bridge from "kids will love it" to "adults will think more deeply because of it;" this is one that does! John Boyne writes likes a friendly and knowledgeable guide through a difficult landscape of war and loss. I loved the perspective of the boy waiting for his father in war time, unhappy with being told his father is gone. How many young people wish that they could enter the adult world to find answers; this hero does! If you liked the Book Thief, you will love this!