* This book has become a family favorite. It appeals to tweens, teens, and adults.
* This well-researched novel is firmly rooted in fact. I learned a lot about Navajo culture and history from the book.
* I also learned a lot about the Pacific theater of World War Two--much more than I ever learned in school. It's nice to learn by way of an interesting story instead of just by memorizing dry facts.
* Even though this book is about war, it's not too gory. Bruchac writes about the realities of battle in a way that is sensitive to younger readers.