Harbor Me, by Jacqueline Woodson, is a juvenile novel that delves into the private lives and concerns of six middle grade students as they meet in an unused room at the school. The ARTT room (A Room To Talk) is a place where freedom of expression is encouraged and where the students, from a variety of cultural backgrounds, speak freely about their views on the social issues they and their families face daily. Each student, already singled out and placed in a classroom for those with special learning needs, discovers that they are not the only ones that feel like outcasts. Members of the small group talk about bullying, parental incarceration, deportation, and race issues. During their time together they realize that vulnerability can lead to deep friendships. Bonds of unity are formed where society tends to create division. The novel discusses issues of immigration, freedom, memories, coming of age, and the meaning of a safe harbor.