I love this book and first read it when I was in 3rd grade and it was assigned in 5th grade. I have reread it at least a dozen times. I believe that this book has good role models. Brian overcomes his internal struggle through the book. Personally, the scenes involving Brian hunting and killing animals is not violent at all. Unless someone has a certain type of religion or is a vegetarian, they probably eat meat every day. It's just that we don't think about how that meat got there in the first place. Anyways, if you like this book, you should read Brian's Winter, The River, and Brian's Return as well.