Jump into the Sky by Shelley Pearsall

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Levi Battle's been left behind all his life. His mother could sing like a bird and she flew away like one, too. His father left him with his grandmother so he could work as a traveling salesman—until Levi's grandmother left this world entirely. Now Levi's staying with his Aunt Odella while his father is serving in the U.S. Army. But it's 1945, and the war is nearly over, and Aunt Odella decides it's time for Levi to do some leaving of his own. Before he can blink, Levi finds himself on a train from Chicago to Fayettville, North Carolina, where his father is currently stationed—last they knew.

So begins an eye-opening, life-changing journey for Levi. First lesson: there are different rules for African Americans in the South than there are in Chicago. And breaking them can have serious consequences. But with the help of some kind strangers, and despite the hindrances of some unkind ones, Levi makes his way across the United States—searching for his father and finding out about himself, his country, and what it truly means to belong.

Shelley Pearsall has created an unforgettable character in Levi and gives readers a remarkable tour of 1945 America through his eyes. Jump into the Sky is a tour de force of historical fiction from a writer at the very top of her game.

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About Shelley Pearsall

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A former teacher and museum historian, SHELLEY PEARSALL is now a full-time writer. Her first novel, Trouble Don’t Last, won the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. To learn more about the author and her work, visit ShelleyPearsall.com.

Author Residence: Silver Lake, OH
Published August 14, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 354 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The tone is as welcoming as warm honey over corn bread. Ah, if only a coming-of-age novel could live by bread alone.

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Unaware of Levi’s trip, his father is long gone when Levi arrives, so Cal, an injured soldier, and his pregnant wife, Peaches, take Levi in.

Jul 02 2012 | Read Full Review of Jump into the Sky

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Levi hasn’t seen his father for three years, but Odella decides that Levi should stay with his daddy in North Carolina.

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This is for fans of historical fiction, especially fans of military history.

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