There is really only one character to talk about and that is Corey. He is the only slave child that I have heard that can read and write. He is to keep it a secret from his master sense slaves are not supposed to read or write. Corey doesn't change as much as I thought he would but he did change. At the start Corey as all to him self and not really talking, like being shy. Then when he hears that his father is going to make a run for it while their master is away. Corey has to start to deal with big things now and after his dad leaves he and his mother leave and now he has to be brave if he is separated from his mom.
The problem of this book is basically slavery. It not fully resolved because slavery still exsisted even though Corey was in Canada. I felt good that Corey was with his dad again and free in Canada. If I could change anything in this book it would be that Corey lived so close in the closest state in the south so it wouldn't take as long to get there. There isn'y really a message in this book because it is a dairy but I would say it is to never give up on life.