This is a good chapter book for a eight to ten year old. It's funny and just icky enough to keep kids interested. I read the first chapter out loud and then my daughter took over and read it under the covers with a flashlight that night. There are a number of insights into social processes. The kids are well fleshed out characters. There are lots of things to talk to your kids about in the book. If you have time before they finish it, that is.