Well-paced, the story flows very naturally. Spencer is a likeable narrator, with enough quirks and flaws to make him believable. A convincing teenage voice without being too wordy or too full of slang. As a native Englisher, I did think his dad's "cockney" was a bit over-the-top, but, then, you did point out how he exaggerated his speech for effect, so I could forgive you this! Also, to address the comment left by others, I did not find the Quebecois slang at all alienating. It was unobtrusive to me, and helped give a "flavour" to the novella.I had read the comments left by others before the novel itself, so was expecting a "twist" at the end, but let me say that I wasn't expecting the story to be resolved the way it was! And the "twist" I thought I had figured out early on in the book proved to completely wrong!Reading this work, I think you must feel passionately about issues of tolerance, and I think this is an intelligent and elegant strike against prejudice, that doesn't sacrifice readability in the name of "issues."Simply wonderful.