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Message in the Sky: Corey's Underground Railroad Diary, Book Three Booktalk

  • Grades: 3–5

Life is Canada is great, now that Corey’s family has a farm and a cabin, but the Birdsong family isn’t complete without Aunt Queen. Is there a way for her to get to Canada and join them?

There’s lots to do to keep Corey busy. He’s learning to write letters and essays at school, keeping his eyes open for any jobs that he can do to earn some money, and at home he has to help take care of Star. And when the work’s done, he feeds the four pigeons that live in the rocks behind the cabin, and trains them to sit on his shoulders and arms. And then a new family moves to town. Actually, it’s half a family. Mr. Jenkins and his sons, Just and Jim, had to leave Mrs. Jenkins and their daughter behind. They got separated and no one knows just where they are. Mr. Jenkins is determined to go back for them, even if he has to buy them back.

This booktalk was written by librarian and booktalking expert Joni R. Bodart.

  • Subjects:
    Family Activities, Early Math, Communication and Language Development, First Words, Songs and Rhymes, Music
  • Skills:
    Listening Comprehension
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