Wow. That's all I can say. I spent the entire book wondering why this wasn't taught in schools like "Number the Stars" was when I was in elementary school. Then I got to the end.
This book was so brilliant, written from the point of view of a nine year old boy. The story could be anywhere at any time, that is the sad part. That such things still occur in the world today, even after all the advances that have been made for human rights. I think I'll have to come back to this review, as this is still fresh and raw. I'm speechless. While reading the last few chapters, all I could say was "oh dear...". I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. I would especially recommend reading the interview with the author that comes after the story.
In all, I loved this book, and even though the end was so sad it's so much more real. Life does not come with built in happy endings and it can't always be what we want it to be.