This was a really good, original story. I watched the 1990 version of the movie a few years after it came out and although I was young, i really liked it but I only just decided to read the book. There a quite a lot of differences in the detail between the two, although the overall story is the same. Most noticeably is that in the book they're British and it appears to be around the time of WW2 and in the movie they're American and as one kid talks about missing watching the TV show 'Alf' it must be set around late 80's/early 90's. Neither of that is really relevant though.I rewatched the movie today after finishing the book and I'd give the book 3 stars and the movie 4 or 5 because I think the movie has more of a powerful impact when you can see it visually. Great story though.