I was really looking forward to reading this book after seeing all of the 4 and 5 star reviews. After reading the book, I am feeling very let down. I would maybe give this book 2.5 stars if half stars were allowed. I found the story to move quite slowly. I also found the book to be rather boring at times. I also felt that some of the ideas in the book have been overdone...evil stepmother, girl locked in the attic, etc. I actually thought that Will was the more interesting character. I do read teen novels quite often but it has been a long time since I read a children's novel. I realize that I was not the intended audience for this novel and maybe that is the problem. The illustrations were wonderfully done. I do plan to read the author's other works.