One Big Open Sky

Lesa Cline-Ransome (Author)
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Product Type: Hardcover Books
Age Groups: Ages 7 to 9, Ages 10 to 12

Three women narrate a perilous wagon journey westward that could set them free—or cost them everything they have—in this intergenerational verse novel that explores the history of the Black homesteader movement.

1879, Mississippi. Young dreamer Lettie may have her head in the stars, but her body is on a covered wagon heading westward. Her father, Thomas, promises that Nebraska will be everything the family needs: an opportunity to claim the independence they’ve strived for over generations on their very own plot of land.

But Thomas’ hopes—and mouth—are bigger than his ability to follow through. With few supplies and even less money, the only thing that feels certain is danger.

Right after the war ended
and we were free
we believed
all of us did
that couldn’t nothing hurt us
the way master had when we were slaves.
Couldn’t no one tell us
how to live
how to die.

Lettie, her mother, Sylvia, and young teacher Philomena are free from slavery—but bound by poverty, access to opportunity, and patriarchal social structures. Will these women survive the hardships of their journey? And as Thomas’ desire for control overpowers his common sense, will they truly be free once they get there?

Coretta Scott King Honor-winning author Lesa Cline-Ransome’s striking verse masterfully portrays an underrepresented historical era. Tackling powerful themes of autonomy and Black self-emancipation, Cline-Ransome offers readers an intimate look into the lives of three women and an expansive portrait of generations striving for their promised freedom.

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SKU 143001
ISBN 9780823450169
Language English
Page Count 304
Product Type Hardcover Books
Book Type Middle Grade Novels
Primary Contributor Lesa Cline-Ransome
Age Groups Ages 7 to 9, Ages 10 to 12
Publisher Holiday House Publishing, Inc.