Amazon: UK - USA
She's usually not afraid to look at things from a different angle - and we all need that every now and then.
I also appreciated that the parents didn't just sit there and do nothing - although they did have moments of uselessness, it was all pretty understandable within context. It's refreshing to see any kids book which allows parents to be parents and do their best for their kids.
In some ways, this is good, because it allows the reader to react more naturally to the situations Matt finds himself in, and to imagine themselves and their own feelings in that situation. But I personally would've liked just a touch more depth to the character.
The plot was perhaps a little slow in places - but not really to any hugely noticeable degree.
I also found the dénouement (check me out with my fancy words! :P ) a bit less dramatic than I was expecting given the uber-dramatic build-up.
It's probably suitable for kids around the age of 10+.