For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. However, I did not at all like the demeaning and stereotypical portrayal of the two runaway slaves Bill encounters. (Fortunately Bill didn't meet an Native Americans, as I'm sure they would have received similar treatment!) If the author had portrayed the black man and boy more sensitively, I might have given the book 4 stars. However, the book was published in 1939, and many cultural depictions in books of that era are appalling, so I am at least grateful that they were no worse than they are. Things seem to work out rather too well and too easily for our hero, but his journey was still quite interesting.