Jump Into The Sky
ISBN: 978-0-440-42140-5
352 pages
Published by Alfred A. Knopf
Setting: U.S. 1940s
Also available in audio

Curriculum connections: World War II, Civil Rights, Historical Fiction.


Recommended for Grades 6 to 8

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“Never thought I’d come south and feel afraid of my own skin…”Picture2


It is May 5, 1945. Thirteen-year old Levi Battle heads south in search of his father, a soldier in the U.S. Army.  But the South is a dangerous place for an African-American teenager from the North, and Levi nearly loses his life as he attempts to uncover the truth about his father’s whereabouts.  Inspired by the true story of a black paratrooper unit in World War II.  A thought-provoking springboard for discussions of racial profiling and race relations today.



Booklist Editors’ Choice

Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book

Notable Social Studies Trade Book

Children’s Fiction Winner of the Midland Authors Award

Top Ten “Black History Bests” Scholastic, Booklist’s Top 10 Historical Fiction, Truman Award Nominee (Missouri), and starred reviews in Booklist and BCCB.



“…a poignant, powerful tale of father and son getting to know each other…”—Booklist, starred


“Levi’s voice…perfectly captures the viewpoint of a resilient young man. Fans of Christopher Paul Curtis will fall right into line.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred.



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Combine fiction and nonfiction by pairing Jump into the Sky with Courage Has No Color, Tanya Lee Stone’s nonfiction book about the same World War II paratrooper unit.  Great visual connections and historical details!