Extraordinary Birds is an inspiring story of hope, resilience, and what it means to find a place to call home.
December is a foster kid. She has been most of her twelve years. Bouncing around from home to home, she has created a narrative for herself that views her life as the life of a bird waiting to take flight. But when she lands in the home of Eleanor, she finds not only the hope she needs to shed her bird persona, but also friends and a family she can call her own.
Throughout the book is sprinkled tid-bits about birds, their habitats, and their habits. I love that this information is presented seamlessly with the narrative of the plot. It doesn’t stick out or detract but lends itself to helping the reader understand December’s passion for these beautiful animals. The depiction of flight and December’s journey also are paralleled so well that I can’t imagine any other way of this book being structured.
The language and reading level of this book are middle grade, but there are some mature topics that parents may want to discuss with their children during and post read. Overall, it’s full of beautiful imagery and hope beyond compare and should be in the reading pile of readers young and old.
Review of an Advance Reading Copy
This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Violence and Gore: Various cuts, scrapes, sprains and a broken wrist in flight attempts; kid trips another; hole kicked in wall; 3 multi-page scenes of verbal bullying and taunting; references to scars from child abuse with no detail.
Sex and Nudity: None
Mature Subject Matter:
Abandonment, anxiety, foster care, death of family member, child abuse, and gender identity issues.
Alcohol / Drug Use: