I read it aloud with my 12 year old son and we were both disappointed. It didn't capture our attention like many of the children's books we have read over the years. The French was difficult to handle out loud and there wasn't enough explanation to follow the dialogue without really working at it. It did a good job of making that part of the world and time come to life. It is the only thing I've found from that time period, so I would recommend it for that, but not for the quality of read.