Extraordinary Birds

Extraordinary Birds

Book - 2019
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Eleven-year-old December waits to sprout wings and fly away, until a new foster mother changes her perspective on home and family.
Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury Children's Books,, 2019
ISBN: 9781547601004
Branch Call Number: J FIC STARK S


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Apr 16, 2019

This is a lovely book. It is a first person narrative of December, a girl who was abandoned by her mother and then placed in a series of foster homes, leaving each of her own volition. In the time of the story, she is placed with a new foster parent. December clings to a nonfiction book about birds as the only thing left that her mother gave her. She is also writing her story in a journal. Interestingly, she believes that she is a bird, dormant and waiting to manifest with each life-threatening leap from a tall tree. The new foster mother also has a connection with birds, both as an animal rescue worker and as a taxidermist, so December fears that she will end up stuffed herself. And she does, although not with stuffing but a something much more important. I cried all the way through the last third of the book, which I couldn't put down I was that attached to the characters and their experiences.

Another interesting point of the story is the portrayal of a transgender girl and the way that she defies the bullying of the other children at school. Never does the author explicitly state that the character is transgender, but the portrayal gently leads the reader to understand this.

An amazing middle age novel that will be enjoyed and cherished by any age reader.

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