If I Just Had Two WingsPaperback - 2001
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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"Thirteen-year-old Phoebe, born a slave on an Alabama cotton plantation has a powerful dream that fills her with light--a dream about flying to "the freedom place." Her mother tells her that "dreamin' leads to trouble," but Phoebe decides to follow her vision and, joined by another girl named Liney, and Liney's two children, flees the plantation. A series of harrowing adventures for the two young women search for the Underground Railroad and a conductor who will guide them to freedom in Canada." (Novelist Review)
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