Jerry Spinelli is not a favorite author just because I have a hit or miss past reading his books - some I really love, and others just fall flat. However, I think he consistently shows a keen understanding of what it is like to be a kid. The experiences that Palmer goes through are universal, even if the setting and situation are not. A book that kids should be able to relate to easily, and I was captivated enough to stay up after midnight to finish. I am curious what my shotgun-loving, target-shooting son will think -- I will take that into account when I consider which students to recommend this to. I didn't perceive this as an anti-hunting book, but an 11 year old might. Grades 5 and up or younger if mature or guided.