I listened to this with my 10 year old son driving to/from summer camps, and we both wished the drive were longer! He loved the story, a "rags to riches" plot as another reviewer notes where the main character gradually discovers and draws upon his unknown talents and core beliefs to become rich and important, but above all, someone who "does the right thing."
But please don't think that this book hits you over the head with the "do the right thing" message! When my son and I described the book to my husband and I commented how much I liked both the story AND the message, my son asked, "What message?" Still, it's a sign of a well-written book for children or young adults in my mind -- look at Harry Potter, even look at Disney's Beauty and the Beast -- when any message is submerged in a good yarn. I highly recommend this very well read book for ages 8 and up!
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