I really enjoyed reading about the evolving friendship between Jess and Leslie, and I believe many students could relate. When I first read the book in 4th grade, the climax was shocking and that feeling has never left me. It's one of the books I remember most from my childhood. One concept to focus on in the classroom is imagery. This book paints vivid pictures with its details. A teacher could pass out art supplies, read a vivid excerpt from the book, and have students create what they see. It would be interesting to see all of the different images that are created.