I have a rule when I'm reading a book. If I'm not into a book after 50 pages I put it down. There's no point in reading a book you don't like. That being said, I was excited to pick up this book. I've heard great things about Alice Hoffman and it's about the persecution of Jews during 16th century Spain. Sounds great. It's just so slow! Usually, if a kid isn't sold on a book by the second chapter there's no hope of redemption. I gave this about six chapters and 56 pages and it was way too many. That sounds harsh, but I'm not going to waste my time with a boring book. Sorry Alice. Not my favorite.