I remember my brother reading this book when he was in middle school but I never got to read it when I was younger. I finally got the chance to this year and I am so happy I did! This book describes a young orphaned boy on a journey to find his father and husband to his widowed mother. The book follows his quest and introduces us to the people he meets along the way, who become somewhat like family to him. This book would be great for 6-8th grades and the lexile level for this book is 950L. For an activity, I think it would be fun to look deeper into the characters by having students relate important quotes in the book to the character who said this. You could use sticky notes to write the quote and page number and discuss as a class which character the quote is said by or who it describes.