If I Just Had Two Wings
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
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Review: If I Just Had Two WingsUser Review - Charissa Martin - Goodreads
My 10 year old read this and asked me to read it after she had finished. Have read the Book of Negros and 12 Year Slave myself, the subject matter was not surprising. That said, I feel this is a good ... Read full review
Review: If I Just Had Two WingsUser Review - Maire Slater - Goodreads
A young slave on a plantation in the south dreams of freedom and following the underground railroad. She finally escapes and makes a family with the people she runs with. I loved this book. Of course ... Read full review