Im always hesitant when a book has a character who's a bad kid trying to do right. It can be really cliche but this book handled that well with the protagonist being a realistically handled foster kid (and the author a foster parent evidently). When you get into trouble a lot, who's gonna listen to you? Right? Especially if you come up with some crazy idea that another kid in your group home is reincarnated from a drowned German sailor in WW2! A good fun read.