I really enjoyed this, not only for the fantasy aspect of this but the brief glimpses of post WWII and Cold War history. I would have been eager to pass it on to my 13 YO step-granddaughter except for a very short (two paragraphs) kissing scene.
Now before you call me a prude, let me say that I am not and am for putting any and every book before a child. However, the few sentences were almost too sensual to have in a book that I feel comfortable giving to her. I get that kids are curious and ready to experiment, I just think that it could have been written more innocently.
"His lips were warm and soft against mine, and the night air was cold. Shivers went down my spine from the place where his fingers were tangled in my hair and pressing against my skin."
Or maybe I am just pissed off because my first kiss was nothing like that. :)