I don’t know how I failed to read this until I was 38. It’s kind of a shame, as I might have liked it better had I read it when I was actually 8. It’s a decent story, but it shows its age.
There’s a bit too much stating the obvious and hitting you over the head with the knowledge/lesson that occurs, and that doesn’t really appeal to me. I think that’s more a byproduct of literature from that time period, so it’s understandable. I just don’t love it.