This wasn't a quick read for me, but now that I'm finished with it, I'm missing being in the middle of it. I guess I was savoring it. I love that buzz has renamed it "Little Harry on the Praire". It has more in common with Laura Ingalls Wilder than it does with Rowling, but maybe one of the things that it has in common with HP is that the stories will get "older" as the series goes on. This first installment was very middle school, and there's nothing that makes it "YA", except maybe a sister who elopes because she's pregnant (I don't consider this a spoiler, because I guessed it was going to happen, and I rarely guess plot points). Knocked off of my 2009favorites list 11/9/09, by WHEN YOU REACH ME.