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CeCe McGill is 13 when her abolitionist father dies at the hands of a slave owner, and she wonders why he risked his life to hide runaway slaves. Now an orphan, she accompanies her Uncle Alex, a doctor and ornithologist, on a trip south, seeking the rare scarlet ibis. The slaves call it the Ever-After Bird because they say "when they sight it they will be free ever after." As the journey progresses, CeCe is disturbed to find that her uncle is secretly directing slaves north to the Underground Railroad. Through a first-person narrative, she reveals her uncertainty and fear as she remembers the events surrounding her father's death but as she travels, she realizes that she must find the courage to stand up against injustices she witnesses. With richly drawn characters and vivid descriptions of antebellum Georgia, Rinaldi gives a gripping account of the horrors of slavery and the struggle for survival. An author's note provides insight into the development of the plot, the historical background of the characters, and the significance of the birds' offering happiness and hope in the midst of tragic conditions.
—Denise MooreCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Posted August 7, 2011
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Well I'll be honest and say that it seemed as if large portions had be taken out of the book. It also seemed as if the writer was maybe working on something else at the time that was more important. I found it hard to care for any of the main chaacters aside from CeCe. While Uncle Alex was likeable we ever only see one side to him, the side ready to scold CeCe for some wrong that she didn't mean to cause. All of the incceidents seemed like repeats in each chapter and that's why I think it was hard to get to know other characters aside form Cece.
The story was good but a lot of the actions taken seemed more like foolishness than bravery, courage or will power. The last plantation seemed to rushed and perdictalbe but again it was still a good book. I was surprised because at first I though CeCe would would annoy be but she became the only character I really liked. I think I could have liked the uncle if he was more fleshed out but...
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Posted January 6, 2011