Overview: 4 1/2 Stars
The story does feature a nine-year old boy; however, I wouldn't say that it is a kid's story. It has a couple of mature jokes that young children just wouldn't get, such as one involving lingerie.
The writing style seemed to waffle between trying to be for children, teens, and adults. The opening is definitely for young children. After the first few sentences, the tone seems to fluctuate several times.
The ending was quite a bit darker than I expected from the tone throughout the story. To be honest, though, I really enjoyed the ending. While reading, I kept thinking that there was going to be some kind of sweet and gooey scene at the end that fixes everything. Instead, the novel happily veered off into a horrific conclusion.
Editing/Formatting: 4 1/2 Stars
The formatting was of professional quality. There were a few editing errors.
Rating: PG-13 for a scary ending that might upset younger chiildren