I predict Josh Clark will follow Dakota Divided with even better books as he goes from strength to strength.
I'm old enough to give this book to my grandchildren (and I have!), but it speaks to me, too. Clark has taken what could be a nice story about one misfit kid and made it universal. His skill with description and ability to evoke all kinds of emotions, often at the same time, are enviable. Another good point: this book contains nothing "nasty" or inappropriate - and manages that without losing the real flavor of teen life. Buy it for your children, but don't neglect to read it yourself!