I bought three copies of this book for my grandkids. Ms. Nielsen's whacky sense of humor shines through. At first, the warning on the back of the book had me worried that it might be too intense for my 9-year-old grandson, so I read it myself. It was a delightful weave of fantasy and real-world problems that Elliot tackles with imagination. See, unknowingly, Elliot saves a Brownie from a couple of Goblin ruffians when he was eight years old, which leads to his involvement in the war between the Goblins and the Brownies three years later. On top of that he has family problems and a bully at school to deal with. Elliot is like most 11-year-olds I've met. They want to do the right thing. The artwork, also, deserves special attention. The illustrator, Gideon Kendall, totally captures the imagination of the story and its setting. I found myself laughing right out loud at some of the illustrations inside. My 8-year-old granddaughter loves this book. She reads on a 4th-5th grade reading level. I give it 5 out of 5 stars!