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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
Creator
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. An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBride's meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival." -- Publisher's description
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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Character
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
Awards note
National Book Award for Fiction, 2013
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10192768
Cataloging source
DLC
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1957-
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McBride, James
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Brown, John
  • Fugitive slaves
  • Abolitionists
  • Harpers Ferry (W. Va.)
Target audience
adult
Label
The Good Lord Bird, James McBride
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1066044
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Riverhead trade paperback edition.
Extent
458 pages
Isbn
9781594632785
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781594632785
  • (OCoLC)861479082
Label
The Good Lord Bird, James McBride
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1066044
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Riverhead trade paperback edition.
Extent
458 pages
Isbn
9781594632785
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781594632785
  • (OCoLC)861479082

Library Locations

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