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My aunt said, "I been doing a lot of thinking and praying about your daddy, and I decided the time's come for you to see him again. There's a train leaving for North Carolina today."
Good grief almighty, was she out of her mind? Did she remember my daddy was still serving in the U.S. Army? And our country was still in a big war? And nobody had surrendered yet?
It's May 5, 1945. Carrying nothing but a suitcase and a bag of his aunt's good fried chicken, thirteen-year old Levi Battle heads south to a U.S. Army post in search of his father. The fact that his father doesn’t even know he's coming turns out to be the least of his problems.
While the war may seem to be ending, Levi discovers his father's secret mission is just beginning—and it is more unbelievable than anybody ever imagined. Ultimately, Levi will have to decide if he wants to go along for the ride.
Inspired by actual events, Jump into the Sky follows the surprising and little-known mission of an all-black paratrooper unit in World War II. An Author’s Note at the end of the book provides additional details for readers.
Free teacher's guide available for download here. (PDF download)
Curriculum suggestion: Pair Jump into the Sky with Tanya Lee Stone’s Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles (Candlewick Press, 2013) for a great Common Core connection between fiction and non-fiction.
- 2013 Children's Fiction Winner of the Midland Authors Award
- Booklist's 2012 Top Ten Historical Fiction for Youth
- NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book 2013
- A Booklist Editors' Choice selection
- A Bulletin 2012 Blue Ribbon Book selection
"Pearsall constructs a tense and authentic portrait of World War II-era segregation and prejudice. The well-drawn setting, dynamic cast of characters and Levi's moral musings will command readers' attention."
"...poignant, powerful tale of father and son getting to know each other..."
"This novel is a powerful story of racism and courage in the not-too-distant days of the Jim Crow South and a segregated American military."
"Levi's voice---humorous and acutely insightful---perfectly captures the viewpoint of a resilient young man whose feet sting from his first harsh landing in the adult world. Fans of Christopher Paul Curtis will fall right into line."
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ISBN: 978-0-375-89548-7 (ebook)
ISBN: 978-0-440-42140-5 (paperback)
Ages: 10 and up
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2012