Beta read of a 40K-word juvenile short novel. Provide a candid opinion of the novel, particularly with regard to the success of the story, the plot, and its characters. In-text edits or comments not necessary, though welcome -- such comments are to be offered at the reader's discretion, not as a requirement of the project. Concrete suggestions for improvement are not necessary either, though suggestions there are welcome as well, particularly if they help describe or diagnose the nature of weaknesses in the story. Treat this as a report for an editor/publisher -- not an author -- advising whether the MS is worth investing in.