If I Just Had Two Wings

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Stoddart Kids, 2001 - Juvenile Fiction - 221 pages
13 Reviews

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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User Review  - Mckinley - Goodreads

Engaging story. A bit before then mainly focuses on the running north, the help and obstacles of 5 slaves. Read full review

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User Review  - Arianne - Goodreads

Great novel, Had to read it for school, it's so enjoyable I couldn't put it down literally my hands were glued to it. I suggest it's 10 star book because I cried 6 lit tiers of wata, Read it! Read full review

Contents

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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (2001)

Virginia Frances Schwartz is the author of a number of historical books for older readers, including Initiation, Send One Angel Down, and If I Just Had Two Wings, winner of the Silver Birch Award and the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction. She lives in New York City.

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