I am giving this 5 stars, not because it's the best thing I've ever read, but because at 11 or 12, it was the first novel that I couldn't put down. I spent a whole sunny day on my grandmother's couch and read the book in one sitting. I doubt that I even stopped for a glass of water. So it's a special book to me. I haven't ever gone back to reread it, but I have very fond memories.