Extraordinary Birds by Sandy Stark-McGinnis

Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)

Eleven-year-old December knows a lot about birds, and believes she is truly a bird, and waits for the day she transforms. The other thing she knows is everything about getting kicked out of foster homes. December clings to the hope of her transformation because she has two clues that she’s sure will prove it: the message left for her by her mom: “In flight is where you’ll find me.” and the scar on her back where she is certain her wings will sprout. When she’s placed with foster mom, Eleanor, who runs a taxidermy business and volunteers at a wildlife rescue (kind of opposites!), December begins to see a new idea for what home really can be. Will she be able to let go of the past she’s believed all this time and is it time to let go and begin to live a new life?

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC STARK-MCGINNIS)

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