Belle to my class and said, "It's about a runaway slave--", all the girls leapt up and yelled "ME!" The cover and the story of Belle, a runaway slave that falls in love with Daniel Best, an educated northern man that takes her into his family, are instantly appealing to middle school students.
Anyone over fourteen will see the ending coming a mile away. Actually, all of my students probably will as well, but will be so caught up in the sweet love story that they won't care. I won't completely dismiss the book as fluff, because there are historical facts mixed in that will hopefully seep into the reader's consciousness. Still, I was happy to wrap up this book in order to sink my teeth into more weighty young adult fare.