The author has done something wonderful here. She has created a novel, not only for young adults, but for readers of all ages. I purchased this book a few months ago and finally had time to sit and read for more than 5 minutes. I couldn't put it down once I started! She created wonderful characters that have substance and has given credible "voices" to these animals. It takes you on a journey that many of us have already been through; the personal trials to become an adult, to find out who we really are and who we want to be. I can't wait to read her other novels and have em already waiting for me on my iPad! Now to find that free time again!!