I looked it up and read the reviews too nonick, apart from the 8 year old comment though all the reviews seemed to be from adults.
I was quite pleased that DD was emotional initially as I think part of enjoying books is about getting that involved in the story, however, when I read the rest of the chapter it was particularly heart wrenching!
DD came home with it from school, she's 7. I went in the other night to find her inconsolable. I tried to get her through it by reading a couple of chapters to her...I've now taken it away (with her agreement).
Not only is it a really tough read but I think the themes are designed for older age groups. The school have put it in the library for Yr1-3. I think it's probably better for 10+, does anyone have children who have read and enjoyed it?