Whenever I teach this book, I always read this chapter out loud. For kids who have never read the book before, it is quite a powerful chapter. This year, I had identical twin girls both in the same class. It made it even more powerful.
For me, this is the moment when you realize things are horribly wrong in the community. Up until then there were a lot of little hints, especially Asher being beaten for saying the wrong word to the point that he stops talking. The cold, sterile murder of a newborn really hits home though.