In 1977 the novel won the Newbery Medal, given by the Association for Library Service to Children.
Due to the African-American Vernacular English being spoken by most of the characters in the book it can be challenging even for native speakers to perfectly understand each sentence. The context of the sentences however can be understood quite easily with the help of a dictionary or the teacher.
Young and adolescent children can identify with the protagonist since Cassie is also a young girl who tells the story from her point of view (first person narrator).
It is also interesting to experience the struggles of a large group of citizens who, in the novel, were slaves not too long ago. Watching the characters learning to cope with being discriminated and disadvantaged for no reason can contextualize modern societal issues of black people in the U.S. today.