The quirky premise attracted me to this book, but its overall tone and approach of the story seemed inappropriate for its target audience. This is a dark story that is full of animal imperilment and features a number of complex issues. In other words, this is not a sweet animal story, but rather something fairly mature. It isn't so much that I think it will traumatize young readers, I just can't see them really enjoying its somber mood and complicated themes. As for myself, it just didn't have much charm. Dana Lorentz's Of a Feather is a much better bird story and does a better job of explaining bird behavior than the rather superficial look at crows that this novel provides.