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A well written book and good blend of history and natural science You earn a great appreciation for ornithology and the fight for freedom in the antebellum South A great book for children and adults alike This is the best and yet weirdest book Rinaldi has ever written CeCe McGill s father dies and her uncle comes to claim her as his ward He s a doctor and an artist that paints birds He takes ceCe with him, along with a freed young African American woman named Earnestine They travel through Georgia, looking for a rare species of heron called the Ever After Bird Along the way her uncle tells slaves how to find the Underground Railroad and use stars to navigate their way to freedom But it wasn This is the best and yet weirdest book Rinaldi has ever written CeCe McGill s father dies and her uncle comes to claim her as his ward He s a doctor and an artist that paints birds He takes ceCe with him, along with a freed young African American woman named Earnestine They travel through Georgia, looking for a rare species of heron called the Ever After Bird Along the way her uncle tells slaves how to find the Underground Railroad and use stars to navigate their way to freedom But it wasn t this alone that made this novel stand out It was a study of how isolation and privilege can warp the human mind The coastal plantations were run by a selection of sadistic and quirky characters, some good and some bad It was a fresh approach to an exhausted subject I was amazed at how I got into this book The story takes place in the south during pre civil war time CeCe and her abolitionist ornithologist uncle set on a journey from Ohio to find, study, and paint the Ever After Bird which is symbol to the slaves that freedom will soon be theirs Along the way CeCe discovers herself and comes to understand all the harsh and cruel lives the slaves live In the end she defends her uncle s assistant who is a free black woman and she ends up getting whipped I was amazed at how I got into this book The story takes place in the south during pre civil war time CeCe and her abolitionist ornithologist uncle set on a journey from Ohio to find, study, and paint the Ever After Bird which is symbol to the slaves that freedom will soon be theirs Along the way CeCe discovers herself and comes to understand all the harsh and cruel lives the slaves live In the end she defends her uncle s assistant who is a free black woman and she ends up getting whipped along with the assistant Her Uncle swoops in and saves her but not before her she receives several lashes of her own He uncle does find the Ever After Bird and the slaves feel that freedom is soon to follow The only down side to this book is that I felt the ending felt rushed I wish the author would have put a little bitdetail into the ending of the story Good book for junior high students Meh Even though it was based on a real person, this book felt contrived though I have been biased against episodic books since suffering through The Hobbit in middle school The Doctor and his niece seem to visit a suspiciously neat number of representative plantations, and it seemed clear that incidents from research were shoe horned into each visit from the boy put in a fire pit in the name of science to the widow whose slaves protected her from another slave Most of the themes in this Meh Even though it was based on a real person, this book felt contrived though I have been biased against episodic books since suffering through The Hobbit in middle school The Doctor and his niece seem to visit a suspiciously neat number of representative plantations, and it seemed clear that incidents from research were shoe horned into each visit from the boy put in a fire pit in the name of science to the widow whose slaves protected her from another slave Most of the themes in this book were negative, even to the main character s unloving, adulterous father Most appalling, however, was the admission in the afterward that most of the stories in the book are white washed.In its favor, though, the characters are unusual in this genre formerly abused white girl free black girl who taunts the white girl and is in love with a white man mild mannered doctor ornithologist abolitionist The idea goes as far as it can This book is about slavery and the underground railroad CeCe is that main character that must live with her uncle due to her father s death They travel with an assistant that was once a slave to teach other slaves how to get free I gave the book 4 5 because it has a good story line and insight into slavery and the underground railroad The ending of the book seems as though it was rushed to end. I thought it was a neat story about the life of CeCe, how she transforms from a young girl who doesn t know much about slavery and abolitionism because her father never let her in to his life, to then suddenly losing her father and being thrust into a life she d never experienced with her uncle Alex who suddenly asked for her opinion and valued what she had to say She grew into a wonderful young woman because of it and it was fun to watch her grow throughout the story. The Ever After Bird takes place in 1851 Georgia where Cece, her uncle, Alex, and Oberlin student, Earline visit plantations in hope of finding The Ever After Bird, as the slaves call it The book was very fast moving but well put together 4 5 stars because some parts were extremely disturbing and violent Slave culture is definitely present so beware Overall, the story was elegant and the ending was charming, although I probably wouldn t re read Well organized and unexpected. I loved this book The writing has a way of pulling you into the story, I couldn t put it down It s a short read but definitely worth the few hours it takes to read I would 100% recommend this book The ending left me sad yet hopeful, and proud of the character progression that happened with CeCe. CeCe doesn t believe in the Underground Railroad It was her father s passion, and he didn t love her He told her she had no soul.When he dies, Uncle Alex arrives and challenges CeCe to a journey in the South In search of the Ever After Bird.She agrees, but she has no intention of helping her uncle with his larger mission that of giving the slaves on the plantations directions to find their way north.The question iswho isstubborn CeCe or her uncle And will the journey prove Papa CeCe doesn t believe in the Underground Railroad It was her father s passion, and he didn t love her He told her she had no soul.When he dies, Uncle Alex arrives and challenges CeCe to a journey in the South In search of the Ever After Bird.She agrees, but she has no intention of helping her uncle with his larger mission that of giving the slaves on the plantations directions to find their way north.The question iswho isstubborn CeCe or her uncle And will the journey prove Papa right I liked the blend of science and history within this book As well as the author s interwoven exploration of fallibility, foolishness, and bravery `Download ⇔ The Ever-After Bird ↠ Now that her father is dead, CeCe McGill is left to wonder why he risked his life for the ragged slaves who came to their door in the dead of night When her uncle, an ornithologist, insists she accompany him to Georgia on an expedition in search of the rare scarlet ibis, CeCe is surprised to learn there s a second reason for their journey Along the way, Uncle Alex secretly points slaves north in the direction of the Underground Railroad Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous pre Civil War South, The Ever After Bird is the story of a young woman s education about the horrors of slavery and the realization about the kind of person she wants to become