Big margins, double-spaced text and illustrations make the text less dense and more inviting to read.
The writing is simple but profound.
Short chapters make it easy to read portions aloud in class.
Characters are well-developed and provide for good discussion.
Repetition of vocabulary makes it easy to retain new words.
The story is full of life and hope rather than death and hopelessness.
It was very well received by my 14-18 yr. old French students!