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Download PDF  The Ever After Bird Author Ann Rinaldi – ❰Reading❯ ➿ The Ever After Bird Author Ann Rinaldi – 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 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 The Ever Kindle - 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.

10 thoughts on “The Ever After Bird

  1. ~ Cheryl ~ ~ Cheryl ~ says:

    This book is categorized as “children’s literature” On the back of my copy it says Ages 10 and up Personally I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone under 12 My daughter read the book last year at age 11; thoroughly enjoyed it and then told me I ought to read it She is on the mature side for her age but as I read it I was kind of horrified that she’d had to digest the difficult subject matter According to the author’s note Rinaldi says many of the cruel scenes of slavery are “taken from record” So they may be factual and therefore important but decidedly heart wrenchingThe story is set in the pre Civil War South We follow 13 year old CeCe recently orphaned as she travels with her abolitionist uncle He is a medical doctor and ornithologist and it is his mission to travel from plantation to plantation seeking birds and secretly informing the slaves about the Underground Railroad But beware it’s got everythingWhippings rape abuse and inhumane treatment dysfunctional parent child relationships infidelity; smothered babies nakedness accidents injuries and death None of these are spelled out in explicit detail but they are part of the story nonetheless And for young children it may be the first time they have to make sense of some of these conceptsI was at first tempted to dismiss Rinaldi’s writing style as simplistic perhaps dumbed down for the younger set But I realized as the story went on it was utterly appropriate Told in the first person we are getting a recounting of CeCe’s experience during one fateful and life changing summer It was as though an older CeCe was sitting at my kitchen table telling me about her past Toward the end during the climactic scenes it was pitch perfect Not one word wasted It kind of reminded me of Doris Lessing's writing style Spare and direct And in this story Rinaldi used it to great effect it turns outIf you’re an adult don’t feel foolish for browsing in the children’s fiction section of your library; I’ve found there are gems there to be unearthed So why read this one? Because it’s also got good stuff Courage faithfulness redemption hope and love And not the flowery romantic sort of love This is the love as a verb kind of love The greater love hath no man than this kind of love And that’s worth getting through the hard stuff for

  2. VJ VJ says:

    I think this read is my favorite of those Rinaldi books I've read to date The central characters CeCe her uncle and Earline are drawn out just enough to create interest in the characters while the supporting actors are not as well developed Still thinking over these three characters after having finished the book says something about the complex and compelling nature of their depictionsI was fascinated with Earline as soon as I learned she'd had to swim to freedom Earline a slave and companion to a youngster knew how to swim Was she taught to better take care of her charge the master's child? Was she taught by another slave? There are inner city children all over America who cannot swim and drown with greater freuency than their non Black counterparts Earline knew how to swim and swam to freedom while pregnant She was tops on my fave character list from that point Such an accomplished person under the yoke of slaveryI was as surprised as CeCe by the turn of events that occurred when she stood up for Earline But she stopped the cycle of violence with which she had been raised initially by her father with her act I have read CeCe described as bratty; they said they were not particularly interested in her character until much later in the story They seem to forget CeCe was an emotionally and physically abused child whose father was her bullying tormenter who could not own his own lousy character A guilty bully describes CeCe's abusive fatherUncle Alex was uite a man He was the only character that felt contrived He was too good to be true and I love him for that Every body needs a hero sometimeThe ending might have been differently done but I like the summative nature of it Rinaldi's writing does create the desire to linger in her worlds but we here in the present must push onI loved this narrative

  3. Anne Osterlund Anne Osterlund says:

    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 soulWhen he dies Uncle Alex arrives and challenges CeCe to a journey in the South In search of the Ever After BirdShe 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 northThe uestion is who is stubborn? 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

  4. AlixJamie AlixJamie says:

    PlotIt has become clear that Ann's best relationships are older male mentor to a young usually early teen girl either a sister or a ward She's a past master at creating literary crushes I find one in nearly every book and her writing just can't be matched She's SO creative with her words her dialogue is never dull her plots are solid her premises intriguing her research exhaustive Thus she creates CeCe To be honest I didn't really notice the plot It escalated gradually and came to a uiet climax What was important was each little domino that fell in turn Something like slavery with all the stories and horrors is hard to portray It's really impossible to comprehend cruelty unless you are either present for it or experience it yourself CeCe portrays this well the confusion over her feelings about slavery and the slow horror she develops as she witnesses its reality In the author's note Ann Rinaldi discloses that most of the things she has CeCe witness were actual documented happenings and that she even toned some of them down for her narrativeReally the plot is an even pattern of traveling stopping at a plantation unpleasant experience traveling find something along the road stop at another plantation another unpleasant learning experience Earline causes some sort of trouble back on the road again ect Uncle Alex's ornithology and his warnings of the slaves aren't what's important here However it is interesting to see how each plantation operates and how each individual owner's view of their property is reflected in the treatment of their slavesThere are a few slightly mature moments and conversations since CeCe is a growing girl who can't keep her mouth shut and Uncle Alex is a doctor and somehow it's common for them to discuss things that might make some girls uncomfortable to read Overall it had a promising start but unraveled near the end into a rather anticlimactic finish CharactersCeCe McGill CeCe is a delightfully and also frustratingly obnoxious Rinaldi heroine She's very typical of the author in being headstrong plain spoken stubborn and tending to idolize the male who has her charge Not everything she does makes sense which I think is a weakness of plot than a weakness of character but her heart is usually in the right place even if she does disobey her uncle at nearly every turnI found her observations about slavery to be very sound and interesting Her thoughts on anything else were generally less sound and she had an annoying tendency to be very appropriately immature However her confusion over her own treatment and views of slaves were honest and thought provoking Forced by her circumstances to act as if she agreed with slavery and also to treat the slaves around her Earline included in keeping with those views she grappled convincingly with the conseuences of such powerUncle AlexRinaldi literary crush extraordinaire Much less realistic than the Rinaldi heroes of yore he comes off way to strong in the romantic category The man can do no wrong There is nothing wrong with him He's the perfect mixture of handsome strength vulnerability rightness wrongness and excels at nearly every activity known to man I didn't buy it this timeHowever his back story IS intriguing wish there was of it and he does have a very good tongue in his head when it comes to interesting dialogue He treats CeCe a little leniently than is good for her she could do on several occasions with a darn good spanking and I'm not sure why he has no control whatsoever over Earline when she appears to worship the ground he walks on EarlineIncredibly confusing She was a former slave with an extraordinarily complex history CeCe often complains of not being able to understand a thing she does and I am in wholehearted agreement I can't decide if she was really complex or if she was just allowed to do anything and everything she wanted because the author needed a little action in the plot She seems like the type of character who would be difficult to control Earline does actually provide nearly all of the action with her independent defiance of the boundaries between slaves and whites She's the one who CeCe first must treat as a slave a difficult feat after how she treats CeCe in Ohio where she's free She's the one who goes on and falls in love with a white man in the middle of the Deep South She's the one who stubbornly does exactly what she's been told not to do and she's also the one who pays the steepest price even though CeCe makes a solid second when the climax eventually rolls around ConclusionThis isn't Elsie Dins or Anne of Green Gables Rinaldi's characters are usually pretty gritty and defiant They're not obedient uiet or sweet Thus there is some language a lot of disobedience and gobs of literary crushes But there's also solid history real life issues realistic characters and a refreshing lack of picture perfect scenarios It's life with a lot of great dialogue thrown in

  5. Hannah Hannah says:

    I'm usually a big Ann Rinaldi fan because of the way she grounds her stories in interesting historical moments without getting caught up in minute details that slow down the plot along with the nuanced characters both male and female that she creates She's fantastic at making characters who have realistic flaws and face truly challenging dilemmas instead of making her heroines into idealized types a major temptation for YA lit The beginning of The Ever After Bird had a lot of promise for me then an interesting premise where our main character who grew up fearing and not understanding her cold abusive abolitionist father gets an opportunity to learn about her family history and abolitionism by seeing slavery firsthand with her uncle Alex who was also raised under her father's harsh gaze Accompanying CeCe and Uncle Alex on their journey to visit southern plantations is Uncle Alex's strong willed assistant Earline a former slave who now is attending university and writing about slavery; during the trip she goes undercover as CeCe's slave in order to travel through the SouthAll of these situations and characters set up many angles to explore but I felt like a lot of these were only half addressed maybe because of the book's audience preteen to teen Earline had a lot of potential as a character but never got past seeming vindictive capricious and thoughtless to me tragic past or no tragic past It's probably realistic that she and CeCe never view spoilerended up becoming best friends or maybe even just friends throughout their time together but I expected some sort of warming in the relationship that never really seemed to develop hide spoiler

  6. Mara Mara says:

    Cover Blurb At least it doesn’t look dated I like it well enough and all the hints about the story it has Still not my favorite cover out of all her books thoughWhat I Liked One thing I always love about this Author’s books is she can begin a story with a somewhat unlikable protagonist and by the end of the story you love her CeCe is at first rather bratty and not the world’s most lovable girl But as the story progressed I really began to like her I liked her than Earline who really was rather mean to her and provoked her without cause though I could sympathize with her after everything she had been through I really enjoyed watching her and CeCe’s relationship grow and I loved the moment when CeCe tried to save Earline from a whipping Uncle Alex was lovable from the start he would be a great older brotherWhat I Disliked NothingBelievability I’ve never had anything to complain about Ann Rinaldi’s historical details She portrays slavery as it was without going into a tangent about how all white people were evil She’s always been very good about portraying things fairly and truthfully for all sides The Author’s Note was especially interesting to read since she talked about how the character of Uncle Alex was inspired by two real life peopleWriting Style Ann Rinaldi has always been good with accents and this book is no exception She writes authentic and believable negro and Southern accents bringing the characters to lifeContent Uncle Alex tells CeCe that before Earline ran away she was attacked raped by her master and when they’re staying at one plantation two boys go into CeCe’s room with the intention of doing her and Earline harm But nothing happens and Uncle Alex offers no details on Earline’s pastConclusion Ann Rinaldi’s shorter stories like this always end somewhat abruptly The Reader knows that the protagonist’s life continues but our observation of the person’s life has now ended It’s a very realistic ending and sometimes those sort of endings frustrate me but with Rinaldi’s books it always suits I really liked The Ever After Bird; it offered an interesting peek into plantation life and it had many good charactersRecommended Audience Historical fiction fans girl read most ages

  7. Jennifer Wardrip Jennifer Wardrip says:

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka Readingjunky for TeensReadToocomIf he hadn't been determined to help runaway slaves he would still be alive That's why CeCe McGill hates abolitionists Her father devoted his life and their home to giving aid as part of the Underground Railroad but it was also what ended his own life when he was shot His death left CeCe an orphanWhen CeCe's uncle a doctor and an artist arrives after her father's death she is nervous about leaving the only home she's ever known to live with him in Ohio It doesn't take long for her to realize he has a kind and gentle soul So why is it a surprise when she learns he is an abolitionist just like her late father?The difference is that CeCe finds herself directly involved in the abolitionist movement Uncle Alex and his assistant a young black college student are planning a trip to the South Uncle Alex wants to study rare birds and his assistant wants to research the institution of slavery for her studies at Oberlin College CeCe is invited along for the adventureThe three travelers must adhere to the behaviors and customs of the South Uncle Alex's assistant Earline will be assuming the role of slave and CeCe and her uncle must act in character as her owner and mistress If they are discovered the punishment could result in death CeCe is well aware that her uncle will be doing than just searching for the scarlet ibis know as the Ever After bird He will also be helping point slaves in the direction of freedomCeCe's adventure is filled with educational opportunities as she learns about the world of rare birds and the workings of slavery She sees the hope of freedom but it is often colored with the tragedy of abusive treatment and even death All she hopes is that they survive and in some small way make the world a better placeAnn Rinaldi is well known for her historical fiction THE EVER AFTER BIRD paints a uniue picture of slavery in the South and the fight fought by brave individuals who wanted to see its end Her descriptions compare the gentle refinement of the South with the startling reality of life behind the grand plantation houses and blooming magnolia bushes

  8. Linda Lipko Linda Lipko says:

    Recently after reading so many books re the holocaust I began to point fingers at the Germans wondering just what kind of culture perpetrated such egregious violence against those whom they deemed less worthThen I was snapped back to reality that cruelty and vile inhumanity isn't reserved merely for the Nazis In fact as I'm well aware our country has a nasty ugly history of barbarismMy most recent read is one I highly recommend for many reasons primarily because of the simple yet complex way in which Ann Rinaldi addressed the issue of American slavery and the culture that stoked the fires of injusticeCeCe McGill is a young teen aged girl when her father an abolitionist is killed while helping slaves escape Unkind to her yet sensitive to the plight of slaves her father risked his life to help othersWhen her Uncle Alex is appointed her guardian she learns he also is an abolitionist but is wary of hypocrisy and doesn't trust him As the story unfolds a beautiful relationship developsHer Uncle is a doctor and an ornithologist who paints exuisite renditions of rare birds found in the south When Cece accompanies her Uncle's and Erline his black educated assistant traveling to Georgia in pursuit of the rare scarlet ibis CeCe witnesses the horror of slaveryNamed the forever after bird by slaves it is thought that when this bird is spotted those who are bound will be freedAccommodated at beautiful plantations Earline must play the role of slave and CeCe must keep the secret that not only are they looking for rare birds but in addition they are providing guidance and resources for slaves to follow the Northern Star toward safety in the Underground Railway movementCeCe astutely observes the hypocrisy and cruelty of lily white rich plantation owners who claim to want what is best for society while brutally subjugating an entire population of people they feel inferiorWhen black Earline falls in love with a white man severe conseuences occur and CeCe is left with a moral decision that will forever change herThis is a beautiful multi layered book with many themes

  9. Kellyn Kellyn says:

    Ever After Bird 6th YARinaldi AnnCeCe McGill recently orphaned becomes the ward of her uncle Dr Alex McGill She does not know her uncle or his wife Aunt Elise well Uncle Alex like CeCe’s father is a staunch abolitionist Cece is uncomfortable with abolitionist ideas not so much because she disagrees with these ideas but because her father lost his life because of these beliefs Soon CeCe finds herself traveling from Ohio to Georgia with her uncle and his assistant Earline as Uncle Alex pursues his life long dream of painting the rare scarlet ibis also known as the Ever After bird He has heard of a place in Georgia where the ibis can be found Along the way CeCe sees first hand the treatment of the slaves and outwardly condone this treatment Although Earline is an educated and free black she must travel as CeCe’s slave and is subjected to harsh treatment often by CeCe herself as they travel While I recommend this book for its engaging story and clear description of the treatment of slaves in the 1850s I found the relationship between CeCe and Earline very disturbing At times it seemed that Uncle Alex provoked the outbursts of jealously and physical scuffles between the girls for no understandable purpose Sometimes Uncle Alex was inexplicably passive and at other times he seemed to focus unnecessarily on minor details in CeCe’s life He was an enigmatic character whom I sometimes liked and at other times detested Earline was even difficult to understand The violence that erupted between CeCe and Earline seemed to be unnecessary and gratuitous When CeCe intervened to protect Earline the entire situation was beyond the bounds of credibility

  10. Tara ♪ Tara ♪ says:

    I thought that the book was really good Ann Rinaldi always writes with great detail and researches phenomenally The one thing that bugs me about her writing is that the character always does the right thing unless it endangers her friends and family to do so That does make the relatability factor go down a bit i think I've never read a book of hers where the character doesn't do the right thing even when they could have Still a very enjoyable bookEarline was depicted as the villain for a good portion of the book which sort of ticks me off but I do like that she had a background that made her like that and had reasons for her personality to be sort of standoffish and mean to CeCe Their relationship did seem to grow hugely in a small period of time especially with CeCe treating her like a slave and even slapping her once Uncle Alex was a great character He was so kind and fair although he did kill birds He was possibly a bit too likable to be realistic and CeCe's dad a little but too much of a tyrant to be true Some people would say that they don't like how CeCe's family issues and personal problems seem to be almost important than the slavery she is around at times especially in the beginning when she didn't care about the abolitionist movement but I say that for a teenage girl it's really uite common for our troubles to appear the most daunting and most important in our minds The ending was realistic; I'm glad she and Robert never married That would have been SO unrealistic All in all a good read for tweens and teens But then again in my opinion Ann Rinaldi's writing always is

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