It surprised me how cruel Neftali Reyes's father was to him when he was writing. I am glad that my parents do not discourage writing and reading and collecting. I don't think that I would be able to survive without books to read or a computer to write. Neftali's experiences were easy and fun to read about, but I still don't think it is fair to be jailed because you have a different opinion than the government. I think that this book would be great for adults as well as kids because they would probably go on to read the books of poetry by Neftali Reyes that are listed in the back. Maybe, a Newbery??? Definitely a great book for kids who like poetry.