I found the story to be compelling and relatable, one I could easily recommend to students. The "history" part of the story is carefully managed in a way to create a sense of time and place but not feel like a history lesson. The author did include some notes at the end of the story, which would be of interest to some more curious students.
I plan to book talk this title with my same 6th grade class in the near future and will keep reading from this genre as well. Learn more about these books: Al Capone at Alcatraz.