I highly reccomend that you read it! I read it in sixth grade it was awesome! The main major event was people were dying from this fever that no one knew how to get away from or knew how to cure. Children were being deserted by familiy's and left to fend for themselves! If i remember correctly, It has been many years hah. GOOD LUCK!
I'd have to read the book, but I have a feeling that's something you should have done yourself.