I read this with my son for his 8th grade history class. It starts out similar to Roots with At-mun (later Americanized to Amos) a proud, thoughtful prince of his tribe in Africa. Through good fortune, gaining him his last name, he is sold to kind families, learns a trade, and becomes a Christian. Amos has a positive attitude and strong faith that keeps him thankful and content through his long life as a slave and later as a free black man in early America. Though his lot is certainly easier than that of many kidnapped Africans in the 1700s, this book is an excellent introduction of the subject for kids. In my opinion this book would be appropriate for children as early as 5th grade with a story enjoyable enough that I finished it in one day.