There is much hype about this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. But I am 33, not 13. I don't know what J.K. Rowling is playing at, but I wouldn't give this to my children, no. Again, the story is great, but with three murders, body mutilation and torture elements, this is not a kiddies book, no matter how it is packaged. I think J.K. Rowling is loosing her way a little. This is too "adult" to be for children, but it is still too "childish" to be for adults only.