I first picked this up because I love Scrabble, and the cover appealed to me. (So sue me, even Mister K judges a book by its cover occasionally!) Once I started reading, I was hooked. This is definitely a book for older readers (TEEN section), but it really captures what it's like to be a preteen boy who's allergic to everything, has a crazily overprotective mother who can't hold a job for more than a year, living in the basement of a convicted felon's house, and playing Scrabble with professionals. If you like that stuff, read this book. If that sounds weird, read it anyway, and you'll probably be as impressed as I was. Let's hope this Canadian author keeps up the good work and brings us more interesting books like this.