This was my favorite book growing up, and I read it many times before I 'outgrew' it by the age ten or so. At least, I THOUGHT I read it many times. Apparently, I read a condensed version of the story, and had never read the entire book until just now, when I am very much not ten.
Some parts of this story were so familiar, they could have been my own memories. Some parts, perhaps the more 'grown up' parts were so new that they rubbed me a little raw emotionally. Overall, however, I am very glad to add a non-condensed version of this book to my young son's library.