I enjoyed this book but the children seemed so much older than they were. I read this explanation by Laura Merrill Miller for their cruelty: "But five quarters? There is no such thing – there we have the logic of children: split an orange five ways and what do you get? Five quarters. It’s a subtle reference to the children’s logic and rationale: they’ll only tell the Nazis about people in Anger, they’ll only tell them about people they don’t know. After all nothing bad will happen to them – they’ll just have their contraband taken away - a redistribution of wealth, it’s only fair right? Cassis believes they are merely doing what Robin Hood would do.A child’s ability to blend fact with fiction has life altering affects . . ."