Sara You asked this question some time ago, but perhaps it will help others. This book would provide an excellent starting point for discussing freedom among different races and how slavery didn't really end with the Emancipation Proclamation. In the first chapter, Elijah says "Before emancipation we were slaves, and after we were sharecroppers. If there's someone reading this who knows the difference between a slave and a sharecropper, please send a message to the colored folks in Spartanburg, cause I'm sure they'd be interested." It could also prompt discussions about personal/government property rights—both related to Native Americans and the establishment of national parks. A few cautions for a middle- to high-school audience: the word "n—" is used liberally and there are some overt sexual references. Despite war being the backdrop for most of the book, the book was not particularly violent (there are one or two more intense scenes, but no worse than that audience would see in video games).