If I Just Had Two Wings

If I Just Had Two Wings

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In her dreams, Phoebe twirls through rows of sea island cotton as a white dress blows around her knees like a breeze. As she dances, she loses all memory of being born a slave on an Alabama plantation. She lifts up her feet and flies high above the fields, as light as air. Before her a single white star shines.

Thirteen-year-old Phoebe has always dreamed of leaving her life as a slave behind. She has heard whispers about a secret path to freedom, and she has seen what can happen to those who take it and fail. But freedom means more to Phoebe than anything, and when she meets Liney, a strong young woman who picks cotton next to her, they form a plan to escape together.

One night, Poebe, Liney, and Liney's two small children flee under cover of darkness. Following clues from the songs and stories they have heard, the runaways elude slave catchers and reach the first stop on the Underground Railroad. It is only one safe house in a chain that leads all the way north to Canada. But between them and freedom, lie miles and miles of unfriendly country and dangers too horrible to imagine.

Winner, Silver Birch Award, 2002

Winner, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction

A 2005 New York Public Library selection for Books for the Teen Age

Publisher: Toronto : Stoddart Kids, 2001
ISBN: 9780773761926
0773761926
9780773733022
0773733027
Branch Call Number: J FIC Schwa
Characteristics: 221 p. : map

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Priscilla_Chua
Jun 20, 2015

If I just had two wings captures the story of the Underground Railroad perfectly. Loved every single page of it

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rgp2004
Jul 18, 2014

I loved all the adventure and drama!!!

tanase Jan 07, 2013

in reply to: klemay1994, same ,it made me cry too, and to think this used to happen to inocent people every day. ..............................................but still an outstanding book................................................ commment: i loved this book! it is filled with truth of what really happened in cotton fields across america......................all kids should read this book, it really makes you think long after the last page..................................... i read it when i was little and i read it over even now! please, any kid 9ish and up,..................................PLEASE READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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klemay1994
Jun 11, 2012

First book to ever make me cry

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tanase thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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lms May 01, 2008

"Thirteen-year-old Phoebe, born a slave on an Alabama cotton plantation has a powerful dream that fills her with light--a dream about flying to "the freedom place." Her mother tells her that "dreamin' leads to trouble," but Phoebe decides to follow her vision and, joined by another girl named Liney, and Liney's two children, flees the plantation. A series of harrowing adventures for the two young women search for the Underground Railroad and a conductor who will guide them to freedom in Canada." (Novelist Review)

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tanase Jan 07, 2013

Violence: describes some violence so depending on the child, parents may want to read it first because some younger kids may find it scary.

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