My 8 year old son read this book for a home school assignment. This book is the background story of William Bradford. The format is a fictionalized version of William Bradford's life leading to his voyage on the Mayflower and the writing of the Mayflower Compact. My son has enjoyed the book very much. Often reading beyond the assigned pages and looking forward to the next day's assignment. This book brings this hero of yesterday to life. Enjoy.