If I Just Had Two Wings

Paperback | April 1, 2002

byVirginia Frances Schwartz

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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.

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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 ...

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.Virginia Frances Schwartz is the author of a number of histo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:221 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:April 1, 2002Publisher:Fitzhenry & WhitesideLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0773761926

ISBN - 13:9780773761926

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! this book is filled with a lot of suspense. not only did i learn a lot of history but i felt emotions i've never felt before. there were parts when i cried when i thought i coudln't read anymore and parts where i was cheesin real hard lol. by the end of this book i felt a great sense of happiness. If I Only Had Two Wings is a great book that i'd recommend to anyone of any age.
Date published: 2009-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book After reading this book I can honestly say that I learned something about history as well as getting the enjoyment of a good adventure by a Canadian author. The author makes you feel like you are right there in the story. Although some parts could be offensive the truth sometimes can be that way. It is shocking that someone could be treated like less than an animal over a piece of cotton. I will read more books by Virginia Schwartz now because she writes in a way that people from 10 to 90 can enjoy her books.
Date published: 2005-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book Ever! The author of this book is extremely passionate in her writing. She makes you feel like you're living the book instead of just reading it. This book took me two days to finish mainly because I couldn't stop reading! It would be a great book for someone to read if they are trying to become interested in books. In other words you must read this book!
Date published: 2002-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If I just had two wings This book is the best!!! i read this book for Silver Birch and it was the best book out of all the books I read!!!
Date published: 2002-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If I Just Had Two Wings If I Just Had Two Wings is the best book I have ever read. It's about a thirteen-year-old slave in Alabama named Pheobe. She and a couple of friends escape on the underground railroad. Many tragiedies happen along the way. This book is so good! I couldn't put it down! I finished in two days!!! You have to read this book!
Date published: 2002-04-30

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"Moving and suspenseful, it is also well researched and historically accurate. This novel would appeal to any teen with an interest in social history and human rights."