My 11 year old son is a VERY reluctant reader, prefering to play computer games (unfortunately!). When I gave him this book, he was his usual, "oh no, I've got to read" self, however, from the start, he was hooked. He absolutely loved the story and finished the book in record speed. I couldn't believe how much he enjoyed the story and how captivated he was by the book, even reading in the car which he NEVER does! I didn't need to nag him to do some reading, which is a rare thing in itself! He said it was the best book he had read! He couldn't wait for the second book to come out, which arrived yesterday and he is itching to start The Dead! I haven't read the book so I don't know the story but from what my son says, there are scary bits in it. He was fine and didn't suffer any nightmares but if your child is sensitive or easily scared, then perhaps 11 might be a bit young for this book.