What serendipity that I started my 12 x 12 list this year with Amanda Palmer, and I'm including a text by her husband Neil Gaiman (and yes, I ACTUALLY read the book this time--no Audible!) I really picked this up so I could pass it along to son Ben when I was finished, and I am counting this as "a book you can finish in a day" because I JUST about did. The plot is told as a flashback by the unnamed narrator of a fantastical childhood event which he recalls when he revisits his old neighborhood. While the reading level is probably elementary, there are archetypal elements to the book (the characters of the innocent, the mother figure, and the crone, for example) which could lead to some fascinating conversations in comparison with other texts of the hero's journey. More importantly, I just LOVE Gaiman's prose--he is able to transport the reader through words. It's like a spa visit for your brain. I look forward to passing this along and having a follow-up conversation about it!