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"I am thinking of Mingo all the time. Maybe the Underground Railroad will help Mingo, like they helped us."
Corey Birdsong[2]

Flying Free: Corey's Diary, Book Two is the second book about the character Corey Birdsong in the My America series. It was published by Scholastic in May 2002. The book was written by Sharon Dennis Wyeth. Its sequel, Message in the Sky, followed in May 2003.

After settling in Canada, Corey Birdsong worries about his friend, Mingo, whom the left behind in Kentucky.

Dedication

"For Lewis and Nan"

Book description

"After fleeing the South along the Underground Railroad, Corey and his family have now found refuge in Canada. They settle into their new home, make friends, and purchase their own land. Corey even gets to go to school. But danger remains as slave catchers lurk across the river in Ohio."

Plot

Characters

Main article: List of characters in Corey's Diaries
  • Corey Birdsong, a ten-year-old who escaped slavery with his parents. He lives in Amherstburg, Canada, where he makes new friends and goes to school.
  • Angel and Roland Birdsong are Corey's parents. After escaping slavery, they make a new life for themselves in Canada. Roland works as a blacksmith, while Angel becomes a seamstress.
  • Mingo is Corey's best friend, who stayed behind in Kentucky. Corey worries about him often and finds a way to send him a letter secretly.

Author

Main article: Sharon Dennis Wyeth

Sharon Dennis Wyeth (born in Washington, D.C.) is an African-American writer. She authored three books in the My America series, including Freedom's Wings, Flying Free, and Message in the Sky. Dennis Wyeth has also written Something Beautiful (1998), A Piece of Heaven (2001), and The Granddaughter Necklace (2013).

Dennis Wyeth visited Amherstburg, Canada in preparation for Flying Free. She was eager to write the book after "hearing the stories of the industrious and successful lives black refugees forged in Canada."

Sequel

Main article: Message in the Sky

Flying Free was followed by Message in the Sky, the third and final book in Corey's Diaries. It was published by Scholastic in May 2003.

Acknowledgments

"The author wishes to thank Carl Westmoreland of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Kirk Miner of the Jack Miner Foundation, naturalist Mike Anderson, and the New Jersey Audubon Society Schermann-Hoffman Sanctuary. Deepest appreciation goes to curator Elise Harding-Davis, research assistant Nneka Allen, and the North American Black Historical Museum in Amherstburg, Ontario. The stanza from "The Bluebird" by Emily H. Miller and the excerpt about Mr. Audobon and his pictures (paraphrased by the author) were found in a nineteenth-century edition of Monroe's Fourth Reader, published by Westcott and Thomson. The Freedom's-Seekers: Blacks in Early Canada, by Daniel G. Hill, published in 1992 by Stoddart Publishing Company, Toronto, provided a wealth of background information. Editor Amy Griffin's perfect touch, as always, contributed greatly."

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