By The Reading Teacher

Neri uses the literary device of creating a character who is not a part of the child’s life to serve as the novel’s omniscient narrator—the moral center of sorts. He is an innocent who seeks answer to fundamental yet complex questions as to what it means to be a human being. We should not be afraid to share this book with older readers, ages 9 and up, because it is a cautionary tale about what happens when the nefarious elements fill the void left by poverty, poor parenting, and a hopescape that is lost.