As I spent 7 years in boarding school in my teens, Kipling's stories strongly echo to my own experience! It's a very important period in life where you discover the world out of your own family... actually a preview of the real world! You find out about bullies, about harshness of life, about having to struggle to make your own place and creating your own personality. Failing in those results in catastrophic youth memories!
Kipling's talent for storytelling is brilliant and addictive! Really great and fun to read... highly recommended to all folks who went through boarding school... or just teenage!