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Freedom's wings : Corey's diary
Wyeth, Sharon Dennis.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, 2001.
Physical Description:
108 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
A nine-year-old slave keeps a diary of his journey to freedom along the Underground Railroad in 1857.
Reading Level:
350 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.0 1.0 52592.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.2 4 Quiz: 24491 Guided reading level: P.
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Clarence Library X Juvenile Fiction Series
Clearfield Library X Juvenile Fiction Series
Frank E. Merriweather Library X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
Orchard Park Library X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
Williamsville Library X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library X Juvenile Fiction On Display
Kenmore Library X Juvenile Fiction Series
Crane Branch Library X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf

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In her debut for the My America series, Sharon Dennis Wyeth introduces readers to Birdsong, an amazingly literate young slave boy in antebellum Kentucky.This is the family's tryng escape from bondage.

March 1858
Mama and me ran. Our turn to fly. We will meet up with Daddy someday. Mr. Renfield said we will try to make that happen. Follow the drinkin' gourd said Mr. Renfield. You will taste your freedom. What does freedom taste like? Where is Daddy?
Corey Birdsong is a spiritual, lively young boy in search of freedom in the same country that has made an economy of slavery. He and his family are owned by the Hart family of Kentucky. But, when they learn that Roland,Corey's father is to be sold, Roland flees to the North and Corey and his mother follow.

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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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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