The Resource The good lord bird, James McBride

The good lord bird, James McBride

Label
The good lord bird
Title
The good lord bird
Statement of responsibility
James McBride
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry's master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town - with Brown, who believes he's a girl. Over the ensuing months, Henry - whom Brown nicknames Little Onion - conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859 - one of the great catalysts for the Civil War
Summary
Mistaken for a girl on account of his curly hair, delicate features, and sackcloth smock, 12-year-old slave Henry Shackleford realizes that his accidental disguise affords him greater safety and decides to remain female. Dubbed "Little Onion" by his liberator, abolitionist John Brown, Henry accompanies the increasingly fanatical Brown on his crusade to end slavery -- a picaresque journey that takes them from Bloody Kansas to Rochester, New York, where they attempt to enlist the support of such notables as Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman before embarking on the infamous, ill-fated 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry. - Description by Gillian Speace
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Award
  • BCALA Literary Award for Fiction, 2014.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2013.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2013.
  • National Book Award for Fiction, 2013.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2013
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10192768
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1957-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McBride, James
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Brown, John
  • Fugitive slaves
  • Abolitionists
  • Harpers Ferry (W. Va.)
Target audience
adult
Label
The good lord bird, James McBride
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
417 p.
Isbn
9781594486340
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781594486340
Label
The good lord bird, James McBride
Publication
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
417 p.
Isbn
9781594486340
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781594486340

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