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category: Children's Nonfiction
published: Aug 2015
publisher: Annick Press

Give Me Wings

How a Choir of Slaves Took on the World

by Kathy Lowinger

tagged: civil war period (1850-1877), african american, music
About the Author

Kathy Lowinger is an award-winning author whose books include Give Me Wings! How a Choir of Former Slaves Took on the World (2015), and Turtle Island: The Story of North America’s First People (2017).

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
11 to 14
6 to 9
Reading age:
11 to 14
  • Joint winner, Nautilus Book Award
  • Joint winner, Independent Publishers Book Award
  • Short-listed, Montaigne Medal finalist, Eric Hoffer Award
  • , Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
  • , Golden Oak Award nomination, Ontario Library Association
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Award finalist, B.C.’s Young Readers’ Choice Awards
  • Winner, Gelett Burgess Award
  • Joint winner, Skipping Stones Honor Book
  • Short-listed, Indiefab Book of the Year Awards finalist, Foreword Reviews
Editorial Reviews

“Well-written . . . lavishly illustrated . . . a treasure-trove of potential primary sources which intermediate and high school aged students can anaylze.” 

— Canadian Teacher, 02/01/17

“Recommended for all libraries, this excellent title will be especially useful in collaboration with school curricula.”

— School Library Journal, *starred review, 08/15

“A story of triumph.”

— The Pirate Tree, 08/04/15

“Beautiful, informative, and inspiring.”

— The Literate Quilter, 08/16/15

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Librarian review

Give Me Wings: How a choir of former slaves took on the world

The inspiring true story of Ella Sheppard, a young freed slave, who founded the Jubilee Singers, an African-American choir that helped change people's attitudes towards them.

This true story depicts the passion and salvation that one tenacious slave, Ella Sheppard, finds in music. Ella forms the Jubilee Singers choir that found joy in song that ended up saving their lives. The book, arranged in nine chapters provides a rich history of slavery, and includes maps, photographs, posters, art work, and a time line. The inclusion of lyrics to spiritual songs sung by black slaves that make this resource especially shine.

Authors available for school visits.

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Top Grade Selection 2016.

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