I've read this as a monthly read on the other site. There is an element of magic in it but to such a small degree that I can't file it as fantasy. I noticed that some have filed it 'horror' and others 'YA', I don't agree with this either.
So, this is a story about a young boy growing up whilst big events unfold around him. There is a murder, some racism, tragedy -I did cry; but mainly everyday life of a twelve year old boy.
I did enjoy it and have given it four stars, there are times when the book is boring, or at least nothing happens.
Ooops stuck on italics! Definitely worth reading, perhaps not worth as much wordage in italic!