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Freedom's Wings: Corey's Underground Railroad Diary
     

Freedom's Wings: Corey's Underground Railroad Diary

by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
 

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As part of the relaunch of the My America series, Sharon Dennis Wyeth introduces readers to Corey Birdsong, a slave boy in antebellum Kentucky. This is the story of his family's attempt to escape.

Corey Birdsong is a lively young boy in search of freedom in the same country that made an economy of slavery. He and his family are owned by the Hart family of

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As part of the relaunch of the My America series, Sharon Dennis Wyeth introduces readers to Corey Birdsong, a slave boy in antebellum Kentucky. This is the story of his family's attempt to escape.

Corey Birdsong is a lively young boy in search of freedom in the same country that made an economy of slavery. He and his family are owned by the Hart family of Kentucky. But, when Corey's father, Roland, flees to the North and Corey and his mother follow.

Corey records his daily life on the Hart farm with incredible insight and honesty, and later he describes the difficult journey along the "Underground Railroad" to the North to be reunited with his father. With the help of many kind strangers, Corey, his parents, and his new baby sister arrive afely in Canada.

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Secretly taught by his father to read and write, a nine-year-old slave keeps a diary but knows that he must hide it from his owner. Corey's spelling and grammar improve over time as he learns from others and from observation. In addition to recording life on a Kentucky farm in 1857, the journal traces the boy's flight to freedom by way of the Underground Railroad. The writing is sparse but compelling, pulling readers along every dangerous step of the way. Wyeth infuses the narrative with historic references to people like Frederick Douglas but also acknowledges the nameless men and women who believed in freedom enough to risk their lives to help others. The historical note and photographs strengthen the link between fact and fiction.
---School Library Journal, June 2001
Children's Literature
With a peek into a nine-year-old boy's diary, readers gain a window into the lives of African-American slaves during Civil War times. Growing up on a plantation in Kentucky, Corey Birdsong lives a life of hard work and little freedom. Yet with his mother and father close by, his ability to read and write, and his love of nature, Corey seems to live a rather happy life. But when young Corey overhears his master's plan to sell his father, an adventure of daring escape and a flight for freedom begins. Traveling along the Underground Railroad, Corey and his mother journey to the Ohio River and onward to Canada to be reunited with Corey's father. Historically accurate details of signals, birdcalls, hiding stations and "conductors" along the Underground Railroad are seamlessly woven into Corey's diary to enhance the storyline and provide readers with a bit of history. Wyeth carefully presents an historical fiction that is true to the times without overwhelming young readers with the cruelty and horror of slavery. Whether used in the literature or history classroom, Corey's diary adds a personal voice to our American past. 2001, Scholastic, $8.95. Ages 8 to 10. Reviewer: Leah Hanson
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Secretly taught by his father to read and write, a nine-year-old slave keeps a diary but knows that he must hide it from his owner. Corey's spelling and grammar improve over time as he learns from others and from observation. In addition to recording life on a Kentucky farm in 1857, the journal traces the boy's flight to freedom by way of the Underground Railroad. The writing is sparse but compelling, pulling readers along every dangerous step of the way. Wyeth infuses the narrative with historic references to people like Frederick Douglass but also acknowledges the nameless men and women who believed in freedom enough to risk their lives to help others. The historical note and photographs strengthen the link between fact and fiction.-Jeanette Larson, Texas State Library, Austin Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439369077
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Series:
My America
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
253,906
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 5.38(h) x 0.24(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author


Sharon Dennis Wyeth has written nearly fifty books for children, including several books in the My America series. She is also a poet, and a member of the Cave Canem Fellowship for African-American Poets. She lives in Upper Montclair, New Jersey.

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