I finished this story last week, same day as my 5th grade son finished reading it at school. His class is now watching a movie based on this book. His teacher told me she would be glad to loan it to me as well. Maybe. I don't know if I need to see the movie. Bound to be a disappointment after the images formed by my imagination while reading. I thought I was prepared for the powerful ending of this book, but I was still absolutely shaken by it. Very good read.