From Publishers Weekly
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From School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Robin, a lab pigeon who believes that he and his cohorts are human, narrates this rollicking tale about experimental subjects who are kept sated with tobacco and sherry. When they are kidnapped by animal-rights activists and let loose on the streets of San Francisco, he manages to save most of his feathered friends when birds of prey, politicians, and police threaten untimely destruction. Robin, who has long pined for their fulsome and human caretaker at the lab, invests his gang in a madcap search for Sam Spade. Instead, they find canaries, falcons, egocentric socialites, a semi-orphaned seagull, occasional gluts of alcoholic beverages, and, of course, endless bouts of trouble. San Francisco is invoked in all its contemporary eccentricities, from street performers whom Robin and his avian buddies misinterpret to a mayor who demonstrates great concern with his own sartorial splendor. Cigarette brand names have been altered to ludicrous riffs (e.g., "Virginia Gaunts") and the birds have to deal with an array of social problems of their own: widowhood, transgender identity, physical disability, religious disillusionment, and more. The author of Youth in Revolt (Doubleday, 1996) has written more compactly here and the story will hold the attention of any teenaged guy with dreams of being turned loose in the big city. This is crazy fun, not precisely clean, but certainly within the bounds of tasteful absurdity.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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