Kepler's Dream is a well-written book for middle graders with memorable and vivid characters. Although some of the subject matter is serious (such as Ella's mother with cancer and her grandmother's grief over her husband's accidental death), it is not depressing. Rather, it is just real enough to be touching and overall, it is a heartwarming book. The author links themes of loss, family, books, blame, forgiveness, and astronomy together, making this a good choice for a book discussion. This is a quiet book, driven by feelings and characters. Consequently, the pace is slow and probably not best for those kids who want a lot of action in their reading. A patient reader will truly appreciate the quiet beauty of Kepler's Dream .