JUMP INTO THE SKY
Available in paperback, ebook and audio
Jump Into The Sky
Published by Alfred A. Knopf
Setting: U.S. 1940s
“Never thought I’d come south and feel afraid of my own skin…”
It is May 5, 1945. Thirteen-year old Levi Battle heads south in search of his father, a soldier in the U.S. Army training for the war overseas. But the South is a dangerous place for a Black 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 secret Black paratrooper unit in World War II. A thought-provoking springboard for discussions of race and justice.
World War II, Civil Rights, Black History
Recommended for Grades 6 to 8
Photo of 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion
"Levi's voice--humorous and acutely insightful--perfectly captures the viewpoint of a resilient young man...fans of Christopher Paul Curtis will fall right into line."
"Pearsall constructs a tense and authentic portrait of World War II-era segregation and prejudice."
“A poignant, powerful tale of a father and son getting to know each other...Pearsall captures the soul and bravery of gentle Levi..."
Booklist Editors’ Choice
Bulletin (BCCB) Blue Ribbon Book
Notable Social Studies Trade Book
Children’s Fiction Winner, Midland Authors Award
Top Ten “Black History Bests” Scholastic
Booklist’s Top 10 Historical Fiction
Truman Award Nominee (Missouri)
Quick Classroom Pick
Compare fiction and nonfiction in the classroom by pairing Jump into the Sky with Courage Has No Color by Tanya Lee Stone. Stone's nonfiction book features the same World War II paratrooper unit as the one in Jump into the Sky. Great visual connections and historical details!