This is a wonderful book that should interest boys which are a hard target to hit. I enjoyed the first person accounts of Jem, a twelve year old boy, whom you can tell doesn't have the easiest life and it doesn't get him down. The story delves into his relationship with his Big Brother, Jesse and how Jem helps him cope with the issues of losing a home and being a good person. Jesse doesn't have the easiest life either and it is great to see this relationship develop.I think this can safely be read by children from 10 years and up since it really goes in to detail about consequences of your actions. There is a lot of important issues mentioned and they are dealt with in a non-preachy manor. It truly is told with the voice of a twelve year old boy. This really reminded me of a combination of the Hardy Boys and Tom Sawyer. This is a great book for summer reading.