We just finished this as a whole family read aloud, so alas it took a while to get it done, but wow, just wow. I can understand why many educators feel this is one of the most important books to come out for kids in years. So many good discussions were had about bullying, and the true meaning of kindness and friendship. The characters were real and honest, and give great insight to motivations of others, which again generated lots of great talking points. I loved how the situations and characters came up during the week, even when we weren't reading the book. I'd highly recommend this for families to read together (2nd/3rd grade and up) and it would make an outstanding classroom read aloud for 3rd or 4th grade and up.