I picked this book up on a whim. I tend to lean more toward the fairies and unicorns end of the childrens fiction spectrum, so something this dark usually doesn't appeal to my sensibilties. But something about this book called to me. I am glad I listened.
The characters are interesting and come off as very real and fleshed out. The book tackles the sensitive subject of death, which is a hard thing to do for young readers, but it is exicuted beautifully. Far better than Newberry winner The Graveyard Book does.
I think this would make for a very touching and meaningful story to a child who has lost a parent.