I have read the novel, "Gifted Hands" to my students for a number of years. This was the first year I did it as a class novel study with my fourth graders. They loved it! I had boys who never enjoy reading eagerly anticipating reading class. The book is filled with so many life lessons that could be applied to grade 4 and up. Though Ben is a Christian the book is not "preachy" and could easily be use in most public schools. It is well worth consideration for class use by teachers. The movie was the icing on the cake for my students. I was particularly impressed with how true the movie was to the novel.