I listened to this book in the car and on my Ipod and loved it. I wanted something my 23-year-old and 16-year-old could listen to with me on a road trip so chose a young adult book. It takes place in the late 60's during the Vietnam War and is about a jr. high boy, Holling Hoodhood, who learns there is a lot more to his teacher than he ever would have imagined. He learns to read Shakespeare and understand it, and he learns that teachers have lives too. Mrs. Baker's husband is MIA and he sees her struggling with this. Mrs. Baker does some pretty extraordinary things for Holling that leave a lasting impression. I loved the characters in this book and being a middle school teacher it was fun to see school from the student's perspective, but wonderful to see his transformation and learning taking place. I thought it was a fun read that capture the time period and his age well.